Holistic-Human-Machine Interface

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Holistic-Human-Machine Interface

A holistic human-machine interface makes the processing of information easier so that the driver can react more quickly and more intuitively to what’s happening. Information is collected, quickly focused and clearly presented. The flow of information is reduced, taking the driving situation and the driver's condition into account. This is of especially high relevance in a digitized world with a growing flow of information, as we encounter it in our networked, mobile everyday life. That is why, as part of a holistic human-machine interface, we continually develop new solutions for interaction concepts between the driver and the vehicle, which meet the requirements of automated driving or holistic connectivity.

Connected functions also demand bigger display screens in the vehicle, but fully digital instrument clusters offer little scope for design options. To enable drivers to enjoy digital content in the future without having to stare at a classic flat media display, Continental has developed a 3D display interface featuring optically bonded, topographical elements that restore a sense of quality and allow individuality in the classic display. In addition, the integration of digital functions in decorative surfaces for vehicle interiors is featuring more and more on customers’ radars. Light integration is a vital development step in this respect.

Intuitive finger gestures allow easy control over the cars functions
However, displays must not only adapt to the needs of connected functions – the way they are operated must also be geared toward the digital world. To improve wordless communication between drivers and their vehicles, Continental has developed user-friendly touch gestures for the cockpit.

Our vision: Cockpit 2025

Entirely new cockpit designs are needed to fulfill the demands of future mobility. Conventional display and operating systems are rapidly reaching their limits on the path to automated driving and fully interconnected vehicles. But how will the cockpit of the future look like? Which functions will be available?
To answer these questions, Continental, in a strategic foresight, identified seven automotive scenarios for the year 2030 that differed in terms of attitudes to vehicle ownership, environmental awareness and price-consciousness within a society. These scenarios were assigned to different markets. By a trend and technology analysis our experts then identified the most promising future technologies that will be needed and are most likely to realize a specific scenario.

Augmented Reality information on windscreen and passenger windows
The result of our research is our vision "Cockpit 2025" that you can experience as a mixed-reality model at the IAA, by using our augmented-reality headsets at our booth (Hall 5.1, Stand A07/A08).


3D display surface


  • 3D Cluster Surface
    3D Digital Cluster Surface

    The ‘3D Digital Cluster Surface‘ shows a seamless transparent 3D formed display surface with topographic elements.

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  • Cloud Terminal
    Cloud Terminal

    Platform-independent infotainment applications directly from the cloud. These relieve the head unit and are always up-to-date.

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  • Driver Status
    Driver Status

    To understand what the driver exactly needs is crucial to offer a real Holistic Human-Machine Interface experience.

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