Controlling a car through hand gestures, leading it to park itself and creating various methods of monitoring an EV’s charging progress are all part of Volkswagen’s soon to be car technologies presented at the 2015 CES.
Golf R Touch
The Volkswagen Golf R Touch concept vehicle, displayed for the first time at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), features an infotainment system that incorporates gesture control, said Volkswagen.
All it takes is a hand movement in the space in front of the Golf’s infotainment display to make human and machine interact as one. Volkswagen said it is thereby extending touchscreen operation into a third dimension.
The development team for the Golf R Touch pursued the goal of producing an interior and infotainment concept that would fulfill seemingly contradictory requirements, explained the German manufacturer. Despite the continually growing complexity and number of functions, this concept was intended to reduce driver distractions while attaining maximum personalization and intuitive operation in the car. In this concept vehicle, nearly all controls are implemented via touchscreens and sensor switches. Therefore, the Golf R Touch is equipped with three displays: the 12.8-inch high-resolution infotainment system touchscreen; a Control Center (8.0-inch with touch feedback) arranged beneath it to control vehicle, climate control and media functions; and an Active Information Display (digitalized instruments, 12.3-inch). The layouts of the central touchscreen and the Active Info Display can be customized rapidly, said Volkswagen, just as on a smartphone or tablet today. The same is true of the entire color staging in the interior.
Park Assist from Volkswagen automatically guides the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces (in reverse) and can also automatically exit parallel parking spaces, said the company. When parking into or exiting a space, VW explained the system, currently available, assists the driver by autonomously making optimal movements of the steering wheel to stay on the ideal line.
At CES, Volkswagen is introducing an advanced evolutionary stage of Park Assist known as Trained Parking. Here the car (an e-Golf) uses a camera, mounted in the base of the rear-view mirror, to scan a frequently used path into a parking space, and from then on the parking process is executed semi-automatically and precisely by sensors and computer, explained VW. In the future, it will also be possible to semi-automatically park above an inductive charging station.
In another evolutionary stage, said the company, the driver would no longer need to stay in the car during parking—he or she would just monitor the operation with a smartphone as a “remote control” device.
e-Golf Intelligent Charge
Intelligent Charge in the e-Golf is presented by VW at the 2015 CES to illustrate how electric cars will be made more convenient in the future.
Over the mid-term it will be possible to offer inductive charging as an alternative to cable-based charging. In the future, said VW, it will be possible to see in just seconds whether the battery is still being charged or whether it is already fully charged by looking at the vehicle’s exterior lights. The e-Station Guide will not only assist electric car drivers in finding a desired charging station, but they will also be informed about their location and charging equipment as well as payment options. As an additional function, the Digital Key lets third parties use a smartphone or smart watch to temporarily and safely gain access to the vehicle and to start or stop the engine.