At the 2016 CES in L. A., Bosch revealed a concept car, showcasing (quite a lot of) touchscreens. We had a chance to see it at regional business and technology conference in Croatia these days.
Bosch figured that our lives are in one way or another closely connected with either smartphones, computers or tablets, or even all of them, so to keep the relationship with the touchscreens a lasting one, they equipped the entire dashboard, on the door panels, on the center console and even on the transmission tunnel with – displays, sensitive to touch. According to Bosch, their aim was not to distract he driver (though we would be, in fact, heavily distracted) – on the contrary, they wish minimize driver distraction by providing him with the right information at the right time, so he can access all the information and manage all the infotainment systems without much effort.
The new touchscreen was given the CES 2016 Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category – among other things, it can generate different surface textures (rough, smooth, and patterned surfaces indicate different buttons and functions), so the individual elements can be actually felt and recognized just by touching the screen, allowing the drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
These displays – beside giving the drivers the opportunity to monitor and control the systems inside the car – are also capable of alerting the drivers in various situations; lighting sequence is triggered to alert the driver, for example, when a pedestrian is approaching the car.
The car can be connected to a personal assistant planner in the driver's smartphone that can direct the car to reach the meeting point autonomously; if an appointment is cancelled, the car will automatically indicate the route to the next appointment in the diary.
Connecting the car to the smart home, the system will also enable household functions such as heating or security systems to be operated at any time directly from the vehicle. According to Bosch, "connected infotainment will let drivers navigate not just through the traffic but through their whole day."
Bosch Smart Solutions conference for a better quality lifestyle in Zagreb, Croatia, was presented through three conference topics: Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and Smart Tourism. The panel topics at the conference were presented by renowned experts in the field of new technologies; Dragan Jelić, The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Robert Markuš, SmartIS Croatia, Josip Tica, Faculty of Economics and Business, Zvonimir Novosel, Mayor of Jastrebarskog, Ivana Podnar Žarko, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Tomislav Radoš, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Damir Novinić, Agency for Investments and Competitiveness, Izidora Marković Vukadin, Institute for Tourism and Burak Baykan, Dogus Group. Mirsada Kudrić, the Bosch General Manager for Croatia and Slovenia, addressed those in attendance and said: "At Bosch we encourage innovation, and by organizing this conference we showed our commitment to creating a pleasant and user oriented future. Our goal is to improve the quality of life, and our smart technologies will help us accomplish that."