Holistic Human-Machine Interface

“A future Holistic HMI will bring joy to everyday driving: Drivers will be able to receive all the information they need. They will be in a constant dialogue with their vehicle – even without words. Drivers will enjoy intuitive ‘user manual-free’ driving with our display systems, control elements and other components.” (Helmut Matschi)

A Holistic Human-Machine Interface organizes information and makes it accessible quickly and clearly, whilst considering the driving situation and the condition of the driver. Moreover, it gives reliable confirmation for every action that the driver initiates, in order to strengthen the trust in the vehicle’s individual functions. This is how the vehicle clearly indicates that the driver is and will remain in constant control of the situation. These are the challenges that a pioneering, holistic Human Machine Interface (HMI) faces. This applies particularly when looking at future technologies such as automated driving.

For Continental a Holistic Human-Machine Interface is a system-overarching approach, consisting of interconnected hardware and software components, which dynamically consider the user’s preferences, needs, condition and environment.


Biometric Vehicle Access

Biometric authentication leads to more security when it comes to anti-theft protection. The presence of a valid key inside the vehicle is no longer enough to start the engine, the driver is now also required to provide authentication using a fingerprint sensor. Biometric elements also allow drivers to personalize their vehicles. Our interior camera recognizes the driver’s face and vehicle settings, such as seat and mirror position, music, temperature, and navigation, are automatically personalized.

Revolutionary Mercedes-Benz E-Class HD Display

The challenge was not to build another nice looking dashboard, but to create a high quality living space inside the car. To meet these expectations, Continental has created a display solution for the tenth-generation Mercedes Benz E-Class that seamlessly intergrates two widescreen, high-resolution displays so that the instrument cluster and the central display appear to be a single unit for the first time. However it’s not just about optical bonding, the unit also improves and enhances the user experience when operating the system.

Functional Audio

Continental has developed a central audio management system that opens up brand new possibilities for a holistic human-machine interface. For example, audio management can be used to specifically focus the attention of the driver. If a source of danger, such as another vehicle, approaches from the right, an audible warning signal sounds from the right-hand side of the vehicle, while all other sounds are faded out.

Hands on wheel gestures

A quick swipe with the thumb, a light wave with the hand and the driver can accept an incoming call, activate the required driving mode or start their favorite song. Gesture-based control is already known, but for the first time ever, the detection zone of gestures is exclusively focused on the steering wheel. Drivers no longer have to reach out to the middle console, but can now always keep their hands on the steering wheel. This minimizes driver distraction and ensures more safety.

Continentals Holistic Human-Machine Interface at IAA 2015

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Continental exhibited their product portfolio concerning holistic human-machine interface. The visitors were able to experience first- hand the latest technologies through a variety of demonstrators. Furthermore, they could catch a glimpse of the future of the human- machine interface. In a 3D-projection, which is similar to 3D cinema, the visitors were able to test different applications of a holistic human-machine interface. Therefore, individual visitors could interactively become part of the action and experience Continental’s trendsetting technologies in different road situations.