Wixom-Based BHTC to Display Autonomous Vehicle Technology at Automobili-D


Wixom-based automotive components supplier Behr-Hella Thermocontrol (BHTC) today announced they will introduce several new products to improve autonomous vehicle interior comfort and safety during Automobili-D at the North American International Auto Show. Palm and fingerprint recognition systems and other technologies will be displayed from Jan. 14-21 at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

“Our engineering teams have developed a number of technologies to help drivers focus their mental resources on traffic flow and movement, while making control of vehicle climate and entertainment functions extremely intuitive,” says Christian Thiele, general manager and CEO of BHTC. “Despite all of the distractions connected technology presents to the driver, our HMI systems allow drivers to focus on the road.”

BHTC control systems offer advanced features including palm and fingerprint recognition, multi-touch capability, touch on leather, force sense, and haptic and acoustic feedback. The company’s technologies also ensure secure user authentication to protect personal information.

BHTC will also demonstrate a 3-D gesture control system integrated into a roof control unit that provides increased driving safety and user identification for security purposes and personalization. The system’s individual gesture algorithms utilize an automotive time of light camera to interpret and dynamic 3-D gestures, including palm recognition.

BHTC is a joint venture of MAHLE Behr GmbH and Co. and Hella Hueck and Co. and is a global provider of air conditioning controls, along with display and touch-control systems, for the automotive industry.

The 2018 North American Auto Show will offer:

Jan. 13 — The Gallery at Cobo Center Atrium (new location)

Jan. 14-21 — AutoMobili-D

Jan. 15-16 — Media Days

Jan. 17-18 — Industry Days

Jan. 19 — Charity Preview

Jan. 20-28 — Public Days

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