The Origo Steering Wheel named as CES 2022 Innovation Awards honouree


The Finnish companies Canatu, Siili Auto, TactoTek and Rightware have been named CES 2022 Innovation Awards honourees for the jointly developed Origo Steering Wheel concept. The product was recognised for outstanding design and engineering in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category. This is already the second prestigious award for the Origo Steering Wheel after being recognised a Winner of the German Design Awards 2021. This year’s CES Innovation Awards programme received a record high number of over 1800 submissions. The announcement was made ahead of CES 2022, the world’s most influential technology event, taking place 5-8 January in Las Vegas, Nevada, and digitally. The multi-award winning Origo Steering Wheel concept will be demonstrated at CES in Canatu’s booth #6971 in LVCC’s West Hall, and by TactoTek in private meetings.

The Origo Steering Wheel brings the smart device user experience (UX) to cars. The driver can control all key functions purely by thumb without letting go of the steering wheel, minimising distractions and improving safety. Transparent 3D formed touch surfaces enable intuitive and eyes-free control of the car’s functions. Physical forms align with the digital user interface (UI), creating intuitive UX while ensuring that the driver has access to the most relevant data at any time. Developed by a Finnish automotive consortium, the Origo Steering Wheel offers an unrivalled combination of inspired design, innovative 3D touch controls and leading-edge software.

“We are all very proud to be named CES 2022 Innovation Award honourees. The Origo Steering Wheel makes driving experience safe and enjoyable, and we are delighted that its value has been recognised through this prestigious award,” says Juha Kokkonen, CEO, Canatu.

“We are honoured to be part of this innovative collaboration between industry experts,” said Tero Koivu, CSO of Rightware. “Our product family, soon to be released as the first all-in-one HMI toolchain Kanzi One, allows the automotive ecosystem to bring advanced concepts to life quickly with production-grade software, accelerating innovation and time-to-market.”

“Origo is a compelling example of how innovative design and manufacturing technologies, combined with leading-edge software, are enhancing user experiences,” noted Jussi Harvela, TactoTek CEO. “Focusing on the user with system-level solutions makes differentiating innovations more accessible to OEMs and brands.”

“Improving safety through innovative HMI design was one of the main goals for Siili Auto in the Origo project. Collaboration with companies that provided the latest innovation in HW technologies and manufacturing enabled completely new experience where SW and physical design are combined in unique way,” said Wojciech Kurek – CEO of Siili Auto. “We are really honoured to be awarded by the panel of judges.”

The CES Innovation Awards programme, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is an annual competition honouring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetics and design.

Caption: The Origo Steering Wheel (photo: Canatu)

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