More and more vehicles now have touch-screen technology in their interior to control entertainment, navigation or temperature regulation, the researchers said. But one of the challenges is that users often miss the right touch items due to acceleration or road vibration, and their attempts to correct touch errors often mean that their attention is removed from the road, which in turn affects driving safety.
Predictive touch allows users to hover over a choice they want to make and then make a choice. In laboratory and road based tests using driving simulators, predictive touch technology can reduce interaction effort and time by up to 50%, due to its ability to predict user options with high precision in the early stages of pointing tasks.
The technology could be integrated into smartphones and could be useful when walking or jogging, the researchers said. The technique can also be applied to patients with various tremors or sudden hand convulsions, such as Parkinsons disease or cerebral palsy. It is not clear when the technology may enter the commercial market.