DAEJEON, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Advanced driver support technology developed by South Korean researchers is expected to find its way into BMW models.
On March 9, the ETRI and BMW Korea’s R&D Center signed a MOU agreeing to beef up joint R&D efforts into car-related technologies.
The MOU signing is a continuation of collaborative work that began starting October last year, when both entities commenced development of a driver-vehicle interface incorporating ERTI’s haptic technology.
Successful implementation of haptic or touch-based capabilities would enhance driving safety, as the driver would be able to issue commands to the vehicle using one’s hands only.
Touch screen interfaces on the other hand require the driver to look directly at the screen, which understandably increases the risk of an accident.
The ETRI explained that producing an interface that links the driver’s sense of touch with the activation of a car’s functions is the core task of its work.
Research is also being conducted into tactile interaction made possible by intelligent systems that convert electrical signals into physical movement. The researchers expect the intelligent systems to be able to resolve technological feature malfunctions that may arise.
The ETRI’s haptic technology was listed among the top 100 future technologies identified by the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. It was also recognized by institutions abroad, winning the Young Scientist Award conferred by the IEEE.
Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)