Hand tracking gesture control technology has been introduced to DS Automobiles new concept vehicle. It enables contactless control of navigation and infotainment features for increased safety.
The platform developed by Ultralead, human-machine interface technology company, was debuted in the DS Aero Sport Lounge concept. The haptic feedback aims to reduce the time driver’s eyes are off the road improving both driver control and safety.
By making hand gestures in mid-air both drivers and passengers can control infotainment and navigation features. Haptic feedback is projected onto the hand to confirm commands have been recognised and understood.
Ultraleap’s skeletal tracking technology generates a virtual model of a hand’s movements, modelling not only the finger or palm but also bones and joints. This enables the system to predict the position of a finger even if it is obscured from view.
Using an array of ultrasonic speakers soundwaves are choreographed to create a single, localised point of high pressure in front of the screen or surface. The slight vibrations resulting from the waves, can be detected by the skin’s receptors, simulating the sensation of ‘touch’.
According to DS, the use of gesture control and haptics in an automotive setting, results in three-times greater accuracy when compared with a touchscreen. It said the technology is part of its wider vision to reduce the visual pollution in the cockpit.
During trials 25% of participants using gesture control and haptics made no off-road glances, DS said this offers improved driver control and safety.