Bosch is heading to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with a concept that proposes an all-digital dashboard.
Conventional instrument cluster dials and dashboard buttons are bound to become a thing of the past eventually as more and more companies are embracing digital screens. The latest example comes from Bosch and represents a two-seater speedster featuring a dashboard packed with digital displays.
Bosch believes an all-digital layout minimizes driver distraction as the person behind the wheel has access to a lot of functions right away. These clever screens are automatically adaptable based on the vehicle’s surroundings. For example, when a pedestrian comes from the right, a lighting sequence is triggered to warn the driver. As you would expect, the Bosch concept is envisioned with autonomous driving technology and it can also automatically set the GPS to the next appointment location if the upcoming one is cancelled.
Bosch has already received a CES 2016 Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category for its newly developed touchscreen. It’s capable of generating surface textures to allow the driver to feel smooth, rough, and patterned surfaces that indicate different functions and buttons. This way, the driver will be able to keep his eyes on the road and use the infotainment system at the same time.
Bosch sees the car of the future as a personal assistant connected to the Internet and with self-parking capabilities. The latter refers to automated valet parking and enables the car to automatically find an empty space in a parking garage. The driver can leave the car at the entrance of the parking garage and the vehicle will drive itself to the vacant space and park.
Moreover, a cloud-based driver alert system is currently in the works to warn drivers about a hazard that’s 10 seconds ahead. It will be available later this year as a cloud service integrated in existing infotainment systems or into smartphone apps like Bosch’s own myDriveAssist.
Bosch estimates highly automated driving will arrive on freeways by the end of the decade and will significantly reduce the number of accidents. According to the company’s accident researchers, the frequency of crashes will be reduced by a third in Germany. This is where the company is currently testing freeway automated driving, along with United States and Japan.