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AI Multisensory Tech in Automotive HMIs, Part 1: Smell

Published: 13 January 2020

ID: G00441829

Analyst(s): Pedro Pacheco


Current vehicle interfaces pose a threat to driver focus due to an expected growth in features enabled by connectivity. The need for more intuitive human-machine communication is triggering CIOs to develop AI systems that sense or produce smell as part of future car HMIs.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Predictive Maintenance
    • Influencing Driver Behavior
    • Asserting Driver Physical Condition
    • Control of Smells and Pollution
    • Smell Customization
  • Risks
  • Recommendations
    • Rethink Your Car HMI Technology Stack From the Ground Up
    • Understand Customer Acceptance of Olfactory Technology
    • Add Olfactory Sensing to Your Roadmap by Forging Relationships With Key Tech Providers

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