Touchscreen

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

    According to trademark applications filed by Toyota, customers may soon enjoy a touch-sensitive dashboard and inductive charging for mobile devices, which could potentially increase the Japanese automaker’s appeal among tech-savvy new car shoppers. Touch sensitive displays are nothing new, as Ford has embraced them in the MyFord Touch system since 2010 or so. Cadillac has taken the concept to the next level with its CUE system, but Car and Driver thinks Toyota may go one step farther and build a full touch sensitive dashboard for future models. It’s filed for a trademark on...

  • Magna Touchskin technology
    Magna Touchskin Tech: Turns Your Interior Into One Big iPod

    Once the preserve of control panels on the Starship Enterprise, touch technology is now central to some of the most popular gadgets, including smartphones and satellite-navigation systems. It'll soon take over much of our car interiors too, says electronics firm Magna. The company has been working...

  • 2013 Audi A3 Interior previewed at CES 2012
    New VW, Audi Modular Interface Tech Spreading Across Lineup

    There are two big advantages to the sort of platform and technology sharing that goes on in the Volkswagen Group (VAG). One, is economies of scale. The more you share across a greater range, the bigger the profit margins. The second, is seeing the cool tech developed for high-end cars filter down...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Turbo
    Kia's Next-Gen Telematics Tech Now Under Development

    The last few years have seen a step-up in in-car telematics, with more connected systems than ever now available to drivers and their passengers. Kia is currently developing its next generation of telematics, to expand on the first-gen UVO system found in its current 2012 range of cars. The new...

  • 2012 Toyota Yaris
    2012 Toyota Yaris: Focus On Infotainment With Touch & Go

    As we're seeing with cars like the 2011 Ford Fiesta, small size no longer means a small specification list. The 2012 Toyota Yaris will be no different. The car has just been launched in Europe and more details have been revealed about what toys you can expect to have in Toyota's smallest model. The...

  • Touchscreen steering wheel. Photo: Discovery News
    Pinch, Trace And Touch... The Steering Wheel Of The Future

    If you love a steering wheel festooned with handy buttons, and even if you don't, this might be the steering wheel for you. Engineers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have been hard at work on a new prototype steering wheel that takes interaction with your car to a new level. You may think...

  • T-Pad tactile touchscreen display (Image: i-programmer)

    Touchscreen displays have revolutionized our gadgets, both in and away from our automotive lives. Now, they're set to get even better to use. From iPhones to satellite navigation systems, many of our electronic gadgets use the technology, and that's only going to increase as makers strive for ever more impressive functions. Touchscreens have one big drawback though - lack of physical interaction. You need to look at the screen to use it. Inconvenient as a pedestrian where you might bump into people or objects in the street, and potentially dangerous in a car when you're taking your eyes and...

  • 2010 Renault DeZir Concept
    Renault Wants Consumer Tech Influence In Car Interiors

    Designing an effective car interior isn't easy. Car companies need to think about the design, the features, and the ergonomics. After all, you spend more time in there driving your car than you do staring at the exterior. If you've ever driven a car with a particularly poor interior, you begin to...

  • 2009 audi a7 sportback concept detroit auto show 022
    Future Audis Will Have Downloadable Apps

    Downloadable apps have revolutionized the way we use mobile phones and soon it will change the way we use our cars too. Audi’s next-generation of cars will have computer-style dashboards with touchscreen pads as well as downloadable apps similar to those on current smartphones like the Apple...

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