New technologies for cars of the future presentedJanuary 13, 2021
There were few cars at CES this year, but that hasn’t stopped a number of companies from using the event to showcase new automotive technologies that could be inside your next car.
Specifically, this is about interior technology, not the digital dashboards and infotainment systems you’re used to seeing. Some of the more mundane features have already been rethought by experts for use in future models.
So here we have a GHSP dual-stack swivel washer that combines a rotary switch and an infotainment controller. The novelty has been designed to be intuitive, minimalistic, and empowering as it allows drivers to “control the entire vehicle with one multifunctional controller”.
As you can see in the promo video, the controller is on the center console and its second level rises when the car is started. The upper level acts as a rotary switch and the lower level is a push-ring infotainment controller that can be used to select.
The possibilities don’t end there, as there is a fingerprint reader on the top tier that effectively logs you into the car. Once a user has been recognized, their preferences are loaded, which can include everything from their favorite radio stations to mirror and chair settings.
While the setup looks a little confusing when folded, each level has a different external texture, making it easy to tell them apart without even looking. The controls can also be adjusted as drivers can change their feelings and sensitivity.
Another innovation is in wireless charging technology, which is becoming more common, and even Apple’s entry-level iPhone SE supports it. As a result, automakers are introducing wireless chargers to an increasing number of vehicles.
While wireless chargers are nothing new, Panasonic Automotive has introduced an interesting moving coil option. This allows the smartphone to be thrown into the tray as its charging coil is moved to find “the optimal position to align with the mobile device’s charging coil.”
After pairing, the smartphone starts charging up to 15 W. The company notes that this is “one of the highest charge levels in the industry for a wireless charging system,” which means your phone should have plenty of charge when you arrive at your destination.
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