Bosch presents new touch screen with haptic elements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016
“Touch & Feel”: Keys on the touch screen can be identified by feel thanks to variances in surface structures
Differences in finger pressure call up different functions
CES 2016 Innovation Award winner
New York/Hildesheim – A touch screen with haptic feedback developed by Bosch was honored with the “CES 2016 Innovation Award” in the “In-Vehicle Audio/ Video” category on November 10, 2015. The special feature of the touch screen: thanks to haptic feedback, users can operate infotainment applications such as navigation, radio, or smartphone functions interactively. The keys displayed on the touch screen have the feel of realistic buttons so that it is often possible for users to find their way around the keyboard without looking while operating the applications. They can keep their eyes on the road for much longer periods, substantially enhancing safety while driving. “The new touch screen combines the simple operation of mechanical buttons with the advantages of a touch screen, significantly enhancing ease of operation” says Manfred Baden, President of the Bosch Car Multimedia division. “The innovative technology offers everything that is required to ensure its fast success on the market.” The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM and recognize the best products at the CES in advance of the show every year. Bosch was previously the recipient of the Best-of-CES Award for the Chevrolet MyLink system in the category “Car Tech” in 2013.
Sensitivity right to the fingertips for enhanced safety while driving The new touch screen offers a unique form of interaction. When touched, the display responds with haptic elements as well as visual and acoustic signals. Drivers can feel the keys on the touch screen without looking thanks to variances in the surface structures – and without immediately triggering an action. Rough, smooth, or even patterned surfaces stand for different buttons and functions. The virtual button is not activated until the operator presses it more firmly. Users have the feeling that they are pressing a normal, mechanical button. In appearance, however, the touch screen with haptic elements does not differ from a conventional display.
The touch screen also recognizes the amount of pressure applied by the fingers and activates different functions accordingly. Light pressure, for example, initiates the Help function; by applying varying pressure, users can control how fast or slowly they scroll through a list. Since drivers can feel the keys, looking at the keyboard while pressing a button to change a radio station (for example) is often unnecessary – eyes stay on the road more frequently. The touch screen is equipped with two sensors: a conventional touch sensor and a second sensor that measures the amount of pressure from the fingers. Special software and suspension mechanics are employed to create the various surface structures.
Simply.Connected. Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, USA:
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8 to 8:45 a.m. local time: press conference with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center, Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.
Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016: Bosch booths showcasing solutions for smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 at the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, #71517, and showcasing connected mobility at North Hall, #2302.
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Contact person for press inquiries: Stephan Kraus; phone: +49 711 811-6286
Radio, navigation, telephone and smartphone integration
User-friendly route guidance based on SD map navigation
Smartphone integration via Mirror LinkTM and Apple CarPlay®
Comprehensive integration, user-friendly operation, multimedia functions – the Bosch unit now being introduced by Suzuki in several models worldwide creates a connected information system offering a broad range of various infotainment and assistance functions aimed at meeting today's demands for added value.
The new system ensures that passengers in Suzuki vehicles stay in constant contact with the outside world. The 7-inch color touch-screen displays a host of practical and convenient connectivity options in a single device, including smartphone integration via Mirror LinkTM and Apple CarPlay®, advanced map navigation and voice control, a hands-free Bluetooth® system, and exceptional music enjoyment via audio-streaming or crystal-clear radio reception (with digital radio in Europe). “Using the smartphone connection and the easy-to-understand menus and symbols on the display, users of the new Suzuki system can stay connected with the outside world anytime and from anywhere,” commented Manfred Baden, President of the Car Multimedia division at Bosch.
Easy plug and play: pinch, swipe, or use voice commands Thanks to the low-glare 7-inch display, voice commands, and steering wheel remote control buttons for volume, telephone, or available sound and storage media, system operation is truly easy and intuitive. Function keys and knobs have been completely eliminated. The many options available in the menus – whether choosing radio stations, selecting music titles, pulling up navigation maps, or addressing telephone lists – can be easily and safely operated on the touch screen by pinching, swiping, or sliding your fingers on the screen.
Perfect integration with the vehicle The Car Multimedia experts from Bosch have developed a smartphone integration solution for the Suzuki vehicles that guarantees the perfect connection of smartphones via Mirror LinkTM and via Apple CarPlay®, assuring simple operation and fast personalization of the app experience. By plugging into the USB slot, the smartphone can be recharged at the same time during the trip. The system also offers Bluetooth® connection capacity for cell phones. It can be easily controlled via menus which provide direct access to the phone book or call lists and text messages. In addition, the Suzuki system is able to read, analyze, and play back virtually any popular digital audio and video format. Thanks to Bluetooth® audio streaming, audio data can be transmitted wirelessly and played for a rich in-car music experience. Besides playing audio files stored on an iPod, USB flash, drive or SD card, the device can play back videos via USB or from an external DVD player.
Optimized route takes you to your destination while lowering fuel consumption The SD map navigation in the new Suzuki system uses precise, acoustic driving recommendations to guide drivers to their selected destination. Once the destination has been entered, the route is calculated instantly, and the maps and driving recommendations appear in easy-to-read 2-D or 3-D map views. Drivers can also select an “Optimized Route”, which is calculated to consume a minimum of fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. Moreover, it is possible to make side trips at any time to many different points of interest, including personal favorites (myPOIs), or to find a Suzuki partner anywhere in the dealer network.
By providing this compact multimedia unit featuring innovative smartphone integration and a broad range of functions to the Japanese manufacturer, Bosch is continuing its successful partnership with Suzuki. “Suzuki can now make a powerful infotainment solution for connected contents and services available to its customers worldwide,” said Manfred Baden.
Contact person for press inquiries: Stephan Kraus, phone: +49 711 811-6286