Haptic technology is known to be a valuable tool for providing timely, salient feedback for interactive systems in vehicles. However, implementing haptics can be challenging because it requires careful design of a full stack of technology, ranging from electromechanical engineering to user experience design.
These recommended practices will help orient product and program managers working in the automotive industry at OEMs, tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 suppliers. The typical integration process for haptics is described at a high level so that product and program managers may understand how haptics fits within a project plan. The technologies that are available for automotive haptics are described, as well as a list of vendors and providers.
These recommended practices are intended for product and program managers working in enterprise virtual reality (EVR) application areas who are considering adding haptic feedback technologies to their new or existing projects. Adding haptic feedback to a new or existing EVR project may seem daunting, but with the correct perspective and expectations, haptics can generate real value-add without derailing project timelines or budgets. This document includes a description of EVR application areas, integration workflow, foundational technologies, and representative case studies. It collects several decades of combined experience in EVR by members of the Haptics Industry Forum.
Consumer devices increasingly utilize haptics as part of the core user experience. This has increased awareness of the value of haptic feedback as well as increased understanding by consumers that not all haptic experiences are the same. Among device manufacturers and component suppliers, there is a lack of standardization of the key technical specifications that impact the haptic performance of a given actuator component.
This document defines standard metrics and their corresponding tests to enable inertial haptic actuators to be evaluated consistently and objectively. Utilizing this specification, a product designer can readily compare actuators in terms of their ability to render high quality haptics. Actuator vendors may use this specification to precisely characterize the haptic quality of their offerings.