Interface

  • Cadillac's CUE iPad app.

    There’s a clear trend towards simplification in automotive control design, even as telematics and infotainment systems get more complex. Cadillac’s CUE system, debuting in the ATS and XTS sedans, operates much like a tablet computer and is even capable of recognizing hand gestures (although this is currently disabled in the software, pending further study). In fact, Cadillac even uses an iPad app to train drivers on CUE. Interiors being developed by Mercedes-Benz and BMW go one step further, with the ultimate goal being to replace conventional knobs, buttons and switchgear with...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz F125! Concept
    Mercedes-Benz Ponders The Future Of In-Car Tech

    While cars have become much more advanced in recent years, many of the controls inside them haven't changed over the past 40 years. Mercedes is working on updating the interface between car and driver.

  • MyFord Touch made simpler for 2013
    MyFord Touch Made Simpler For 2013: Video

    In response to a spate of harsh reviews criticizing the complexity of the Blue Oval’s latest MyFord Touch interface system, Ford has announced today that it will be launching a new and improved version claimed to offer simpler graphics and easier to use functions. The new version will debut...

  • 2011 SsangYong XIV-1 Concept live photos
    SsangYong XIV-1 Concept Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    We already saw sketches of the 2011 SsangYong XIV-1 Concept ahead of its debut this week at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, but here are the first live photos of the compact crossover as well as all the info. The XIV-1 is a showcase for SsangYong’s design and engineering talents, with the main...

  • Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class
    Mercedes-Benz Working On 3D Displays And Hand-Gesture Recognition

    In addition to new 3D technology and hand-gesture recognition technology, Mercedes-Benz is also planning a whole new range of apps for its current COMAND Online multimedia system.

  • Ferrari 458 Italia steering wheel
    Ferrari 458 Italia’s Complex Controls Explained: Video

    With the introduction of its 458 Italia supercar, Ferrari made a significant design change where most of the driver’s controls were clustered on or around the steering wheel. This is akin to Formula 1, where a myriad of controls located on the steering wheel control nearly all of the...

  • IntelliLink wireless vehicle connectivity

    GM is introducing a new connectivity feature dubbed IntelliLink in its Buick and GMC line of cars for 2012, which is essentially designed to connect to a driver’s smartphone or other portable device and then control it using the vehicle’s touchscreen display or in some cases through voice activation or steering wheel mounted buttons. For Buick, IntelliLink is debuting in the 2012 model year Verano, Regal and LaCrosse while for GMC it will feature initially in the Terrain. The system connects to the portable device using either Bluetooth or USB, so not only smartphone users will...

  • Toyota Brain Machine Interface (BMI)
    Toyota demonstrates electric wheelchair controlled by the mind

    While it may not be strictly car news, we just couldn't resist writing this story up about Toyota’s new 'Brain Machine Interface' technology. While it may sound like something out of the Terminator movies at first, the technology is an amazing step forward and could have huge implications for...

  • honda bmi project 006
    Honda develops technology to control robots using the mind

    While it may not be strictly car news, we just couldn't resist writing this story up about Honda's new 'Brain Machine Interface' technology. While it may sound like something out of the Terminator movies at first, the technology is an amazing step forward and could have huge implications for almost...

  • audi 3g mmi 003
    Audi details third-gen MMI information and entertainment system for U.S.

    Advanced multimedia systems are becoming increasingly central to daily life with modern cars. Especially at the luxury end of the segment, where BMW's iDrive, Mercedes-Benz's COMAND, Lexus's new haptic system with Enform and Audi's MMI all compete for top honors. The latest iteration of Audi's MMI...

  • 2009 Lincoln C Concept
    Lincoln C concept previews future connectivity technology

    Ford has given us a preview of its future in-car connectivity technology with the unveiling today of the Lincoln C concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The new concept features a sophisticated human machine interface (HMI) and a number of connectivity technologies that are expected to filter...

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