There lots of ways to tell your car what you’re thinking and what you want the car to do. There’s the very basic stuff, like turning the steering wheel or setting the temperature. But car tech can get very complex, like using a voice command to send a text message via Android Auto or entering an address in the navigation system with a keypad or knob and then choosing the best route.

But we don’t yet write our cars notes. Much. MyScript says we can. A lot.

The handwriting recognition company has entered an agreement with the QT Company to become part of the QT Automotive Suite. This system is available for automotive manufacturers to use in their own designs in the future. So that future could include handwriting.

One Letter at a Time

MyScript believes writing a note to your car—or even just one character—is less distracting than other methods of input. You can print, you can write script, you can go letter by letter, and those letters can be on top of each other. The MyScript system can handle just about anything—in 20 languages, including those using non-Latin alphabets like Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Cyrillic. It’s kind of low-tech meets high-tech.

In theory, a car designer could put a MyScript pad anywhere it made sense ergonomically. You can see in the video above how this bit of car tech is being used with infotainment systems that use knobs or mouse-like devices already. Suppliers like MyScript don’t dictate how the technology is used; that’s up to the automaker. Maybe it only works when the car is stopped, or in a semi-autonomous driver-assist mode. There are tons of possibilities.

This technology is already available in some cars, including Audi models. MyScript debuted as part of the QT Automotive Suite in Berlin last week, which means it may soon end up in many more models. Maybe brush up on those penmanship skills in the meantime.—KHG

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