FLORHAM PARK, NJ – AT&T Labs has developed a new type of steering wheel that uses vibration patterns to deliver navigation information to drivers, according to the MIT Technology Review.

The prototype steering wheel uses a vibration pattern to indicate navigation instructions (such as “turn right”) without distracting the driver visually or with auditory signals.

According to the article, a study of test subjects using the steering wheel while driving found that it reduced their level of inattentiveness, i.e. the amount of time the driver’s eyes weren’t on the road.

Technologies such as this could eventually make their way into vehicles, but the article said it could take several years.

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