Audi A8 could get handwriting recognition feature

Audi A8 could get handwriting recognition feature

Audi A8 teaser

Automakers are stacking on the features to their top-spec models like never before and the connection between man and machine is becoming increasingly advanced. It was BMW that first attempted to tackle the issue of too many buttons and switches with its iDrive system. Although the iDrive was a brave move it got a cold response from the motoring press and early adopters. Despite the difficulties with using a control knob, Audi, Mercedes, Honda and others have adopted this interface system with varying degrees of success.

Now Audi is apparently breaking out a different approach for its next generation A8 which might debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Reports state that the A8 may add a touchpad to the mix with handwriting recognition capability. Drivers will be able to write out the letters for an address on the touch pad rather than using a rotary dial to pick them out.

No doubt using the dial can be a clunky process, but handwriting recognition could result in more significant increase driver distraction than sending text messages.

Audi A8 teaser

Automakers are stacking on the features to their top-spec models like never before and the connection between man and machine is becoming increasingly advanced. It was BMW that first attempted to tackle the issue of too many buttons and switches with its iDrive system. Although the iDrive was a brave move it got a cold response from the motoring press and early adopters. Despite the difficulties with using a control knob, Audi, Mercedes, Honda and others have adopted this interface system with varying degrees of success.

Now Audi is apparently breaking out a different approach for its next generation A8 which might debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Reports state that the A8 may add a touchpad to the mix with handwriting recognition capability. Drivers will be able to write out the letters for an address on the touch pad rather than using a rotary dial to pick them out.

No doubt using the dial can be a clunky process, but handwriting recognition could result in more significant increase driver distraction than sending text messages.

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