AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University have developed an innovative GPS-enabled steering wheel with haptic technology.
Haptic technology, is a feedback system that employs use of vibrations, commonly available in many of the cell phones as ‘vibration mode’.
Though still in prototype stage, it is synced with a GPS based tracking and navigation system and contains over 20 motors that deliver vibrations to the driver’s hands. Vibrations operate in a pattern system: clockwise for right turns and counter-clockwise for left turns. The vibrations will also escalate when drivers approach intersections.
Automakers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have used vibrating steering wheels in the past for both lane departure purposes and to notify drivers when they are veering out of their lane.