A dashboard mounting for smartphones and accompanying app aims to reduce distracted driving by enabling voice activation and gesture control capabilities.
Logitech has introduced the Logi ZeroTouch Air Vent and Logi ZeroTouch Dashboard smart car mounts for Android smartphones that trigger Logitech’s voice-controlled app when the phone is docked in the car. With this combination, the driver can hear and respond to an incoming text message and operate selective apps such as navigation and music, completely hands free. Together, the car mount and app provide some of the features of a connected car without buying a new car.
“New car owners can experience the luxury of a connected car, but there are still tens of millions of older cars on the road,” said Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “As we look for ways to design products that are thoughtful ways of satisfying human needs, we realised there was an opportunity to turn any car into a connected car. The result is the Logi ZeroTouch. The smart mount and app work together to give you the best features of a connected car, while keeping your eyes on the road. We believe ZeroTouch will play a crucial role in reducing driver distraction.”
A phone can be simply snapped to the magnetic air vent or dashboard mount to automatically trigger the Android app. The phone owner can use voice commands to place calls, text back and forth, stream music and initiate directions with navigation apps, such as Google Maps mapping service all without ever touching the phone.
Through natural language understanding, using the app feels like talking casually to another person in the car. A simple hand gesture quickly wakes up the app to initiate a text or command, and to eliminate errors, the app reads your text back before sending. The app automatically informs you of incoming texts and you decide if you’d like to listen, respond or cancel without ever looking at or touching your phone.