DS Develop Contactless Control That ‘Feel’ Like Buttons

Thu 19th Nov 2020

In a strand of technology which is more Minority Report than you might expect, DS Automobiles have developed a contactless interface which can transform soundwaves into a virtual touch.

By using ‘mid-air haptic and hand tracking’ tech, the aim is to reduce the time the driver’s eyes are off the road and hands off the steering wheel.

The French company have worked Ultraleap, a leading human-machine interface start-up on the system, which relies on simple hand gestures in mid-air, and the air flow provides haptic feedback to let the driver know that their commands are being responded to. The technology has been debuted on the company’s DS AERO SPORT LOUNGE concept vehicle, and it could lead to the demise of traditional touchscreen technology, with research suggesting that gesture control can be three-times more accurate than a touchscreen.

Thierry Metroz, DS Automobiles Design Director: “The reason for our existence is to be the avant-garde. For this concept car, which is a prelude to our next creations, we have opted for solutions that are avant-garde and high technology in which the purely technical element is concealed for the benefit of the beauty. In the cockpit, we have chosen to work with unexpected materials, hand crafted with simple, pure lines, expressing a new kind of tranquillity.

“The customers of today demand excellence, and at DS Automobiles we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible to set the benchmark for quality and desirability in the premium automotive sector.”