What sounds like wellness could become reality with autonomous driving: while people will be able to intervene at any time of course, they can also leave the driving to the vehicle. This opens up a multitude of possibilities. According to Melisa Erdogan, one example would be watching movies during the ride. “We’re already testing how streaming portals could be integrated into our cars of the future,” says the developer.
If, on the other hand, a person has control of the steering wheel, information can given by the navigation system to guide him or her through traffic in the best possible way. “Our goal is to coordinate the car’s different signals with one another in an optimal way. They should harmonize like members of a good band,” says expert Jürgen Stietz.
Your car understands you
Astrid Kassner is one of the development’s team experts for voice and gesture control. Her goal: ensuring that vehicles of the future understand what is meant when even just a finger is pointed – and then carry out the request. This will be particularly important when people no longer have to worry about steering, says Kassner, explaining: “We will be leaning back in our seats and no longer able to reach the cockpit with our arms. That’s why we are developing voice commands and gestures to complement touch operation via the display.”