Faurecia signs partnership with haptics developer to improve HMIs

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Automotive technology company Faurecia and a developer and provider of technologies for haptics, Immersion Corporation, have signed a multi-year license agreement that will provide Faurecia with access to Immersion’s haptic technologies and solutions.

Faurecia says the agreement will enable it to develop advanced, interactive haptic user interfaces featuring the latest innovations from Immersion.

Edouard Da Silva, display global product line director at Faurecia, commented, “Cars in the near future will be built with smart technology, which allows intuitive, touch-based interactions. This agreement with Immersion expands our technology ecosystem and illustrates our forward-thinking approach to meeting the technology needs of occupants for a connected and personalized experience.”

According to the two companies, the use of haptics will continue to grow, and multimodal HMI systems are expected to become the vehicle standard in the upcoming years. In addition, capacitive touch-based systems are expected to become the primary vehicle display interface, with 95% of center stack display enabled with touch technology by 2026.

Faurecia says its HMI solutions are designed with usability in mind, with intuitive technologies enabling occupants to interact by touch, gesture or voice to manage infotainment, seating or thermal comfort options.

For example, it has developed a scalable, multiview graphical interface for IVI, called Trenza. To reduce driver distraction, the technology uses priority management when resizing windows. It also enables users to organize their most frequently used apps or services by simply dragging and dropping them into an easy-to-access series of options at the top of the display screen.

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