Bosch thinks you need one in your car.
The more we hear about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, the more it sounds like an auto show. It isn’t enough for automakers to create autonomous vehicles that take motorists out of the equation, companies are now working on the vehicles’ interior. Technical supplier Bosch has its own ideas for car interiors of the future and plans to reveal them at the CES. Bosch’s concept car doesn’t even look like a vehicle, but a robot that happens to have four wheels.
In Bosch’s concept car, the entire dashboard and center console have been replaced by enormous touchscreen interfaces that feature haptic feedback, which would enable the driver to “feel” buttons without having to look away from the road. Furthermore, the supplier envisions that the interface will work as a personal assistant—allowing the driver to adjust their house’s climate control system or to instantly provide directions to the next appointment on the driver’s calendar. If that wasn’t enough, Bosch also sees a future where the driver can unlock their house’s front door in case a delivery driver needs to leave a package inside. If that doesn’t sound like the worst idea in the world, then we don’t know what is.
In addition to these useless and insane features, Bosch will give the concept vehicle an autopilot system and automated valet parking. After exiting the vehicle, the car will drive itself to a nearby parking spot. These features sound far-fetched, insane and utterly useless. Who in the world would want to change their house’s climate control setting while driving? Unfortunately, Bosch’s concept car sounds like a nightmare.