Harman a global provider of infotainment is working on a state of the art car infotainment system. Harman's car infotainment system has been taken to a whole new level. The global infotainment solution provider, has developed a car panel console that provides information when the user uses certain hand signals.
Harman's new car infotainment will show-up the telephone directory if one does a circling gesture with their hand. The company has taken it a step further with alphabet gestures. If a user gestures the letter A, the infotainment system will read out names beginning with A from the telephone directory. If the user would like the infotainment to stop at a particular name, a stop sign hand gesture will do that.
The gesture based car infotainment is the next big platform in car infotainment. Harman's gesture based technologies are market ready and the company is in major discussions with car manufacturers. Currently most car infotainment systems available are touch base car infotainment systems. But with Harman developing the gesture based car infotainment panel, the requirement of touch will not be necessary.
For sure, future cars and luxury car manufacturers such as BMW and Audi will be looking at gesture based technologies. A similar sort of technology is seen in gaming consoles like Microsoft Xbox as well in boot opening in certain cars. For example, owners of the 2013 Ford Escape would be required to show a kicking gesture at the bottom of the boot to open it.
Do you think the gesture based car infotainment system is the way to go forward? There has been issues of one getting distracted and taking their hands of the wheel to activate the infotainment. Do you think the gesture based infotainment is a solution to safe driving?