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Tech Today: Continental creates device to help driver transition between autonomous and manned driving

Tech Today: Continental creates device to help driver transition between autonomous and manned driving

Right now, there’s no single way for a vehicle to signal the switch between semi-autonomous and piloted driving modes.

Continental believes it’s built the solution.

Continental’s Smart Control is an input device meant to help drivers ease through the transition between autonomous and manned driving.

Located on the center console, it retracts into the console and acts as a standard touchpad when the driver is in control of the vehicle.

When the vehicle reaches a road where it’s capable of autonomous driving, the Smart Control will rise up from the center console and allow the driver to activate the self-driving function.

The Smart Control provides haptic feedback and operates similar to a joystick when the vehicle takes control.

It also offers visual clues to the car’s state.

The control can light up to tell vehicle occupants who is in control of the vehicle.

It can work in conjunction with the gauge cluster to help inform the driver when it’s time to take control of the vehicle again.

Continental has already put the Smart Control to task in the real world.

But safety will be paramount to their success, which is why Continental wants to make sure it gets all that nailed down before the shift change starts.

 

Source: CNET

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October 16th, 2017

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