A group of German researchers are working to develop a new touchscreen steering wheel. The wheel itself is a sheet of acrylic rimmed with infrared LEDs. A single infrared camera picks up reflections on the acrylic when touched, allowing a range of gestures to operate everything from the stereo to climate control. The notion is that the tech will allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and off the various distractions in the cabin, but we're having a hard time swallowing that premise.
Adding yet another screen to a vehicle and forcing drivers to learn a set of gestures for something as simple as turning up the volume or adjusting the air temperature is bound to only add confusion to the mix. Drivers haven't had any trouble manipulating the controls of their vehicles for decades now, so why bother reinventing the wheel? The good news is that the costs to develop and maintain a device like the touchscreen steering wheel are prohibitive enough to keep manufacturers from considering implementation. Check out the full report over at Physorg.

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      Peter T
      • 4 Years Ago
      worst idea ever. the chances of car accidents would go up. it would make driving a lot harder for people who actually attempt to drive while under the influence. also who would would want the chance of accidentally hitting someone because they did something like sneezed for one second?
      Rollk
      • 4 Years Ago
      what's next? An LCD windshield that uses camera to show what you're looking at outside? Pointless and useless tech.
      the.ting
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a gynaecology diagram.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      mainframewayne
      • 4 Years Ago
      No. No. No. Reinvent the driver not the wheel.
      Jac Zobel de Ayala
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still prefer a neural interface.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Feliciano III ♪♫ [+]
      ahaha..overdone by the germans..surely, this will be the numbest steering wheel EVAH..geez..[+]
      Gorgenapper
      • 4 Years Ago
      If VW developed this, gesturing to turn left will turn the car left, while gesturing to turn right will beep the horn, roll down all the windows at random and shut the car off.
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 4 Years Ago
      Use the tech to integrate other devices into dashboard such as smartphones,GPS and entertainment.
      kevsflanagan
      • 4 Years Ago
      "So ma'am let me get this straight. Your saying your not at fault of the accident that killed a group of pre-schoolers crossing the street, but the steering wheel is?" "Yes. See I just came out of KFC, and then McDonalds. I couldn't wait and decided to eat a few wings and french fries. My hands wouldnt work on the wheel. It must of been defective." "Ma'am so your defense is your fingers were greasy?" hahaha.. sorry I just picture this in the court rooms if this ever got released for general consumption in the US.
      QAZZY
      • 4 Years Ago
      *snickers* This is funny. Wait, this is a joke, right?
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