Tired of trying to remember what knobs move your car seat in which
direction? Well, in the not-too-distant future, you may not have to.
That's because scientists from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for
Silicate Research and Isringhausen GmbH have developed a seat
that's moved using simple intuitive gestures.
As of this week, drivers of BMWs may be a little less frustrated by
traffic lights. No, they don't now have the power to change red lights
to green, but they can at least find out how long it'll be before lights
change color. This feature comes courtesy of a partnership with
Orgeon-based startup Connected Signals, which makes an existing app
known as EnLighten.
We've already seen systems that detect driver fatigue via steering wheel movements or by analyzing drivers' faces. German engineering firm Hoffman and Krippner, in cooperation with Guttersberg Consulting, has now developed what its designers believe is a better alternative – a fatigue-sensing steering wheel add-on that tracks the driver's grip.
One frustrating thing about living in any neighbourhood that gets an influx of SUVs is that it gets hard to see past rows of tall cars to work out when it's safe to nose out or back out of your driveway. Ford is tackling this kind of problem with a new split-view camera mounted on the front and rear bumpers that gives drivers a 180-degree view from the bits of the car that poke into traffic first, effectively giving them the ability to see around corners.