As technology is evolving in cars, it is a fact that how the driver and passengers receive the visual information will change radically shortly.
Incredibly one of the protagonists of this revolution will no longer be the touch screens, but the windshields that will become complex displays. In addition to highlighting the level of technology, this new era of car screens will increase the safety of motorists, since they will not have to take their eyes off the road.
And it is that every driver has to manage his visual attention to put it at the service of driving, the road, traffic circumstances, and the vehicle’s driving. So, through augmented reality and the three-dimensional graphics displayed on the windshield will help in that task, increasing safety at the wheel.
It proved that 3D visualization systems allow better structuring of information and facilitate the understanding of spatial elements. And these can be used both in the windshield head-up display and in the instrument cluster. One study showed that 3D technology accelerates the driver’s reaction and improves depth judgments while driving. Besides, it allows an easy translation between the real and virtual worlds in three dimensions. In this way, navigation signals and distance with the front vehicle, for example, are transmitted intuitively. In general, the driver is not confused by frequently changing the visual attention between the real driving environment and the 3D screen.
At the same time, to integrate autonomous driving, the three-dimensional display effectively helps the driver to return to the task of driving, in a level 3 autonomous car. If the vehicle supports several automation modes, the interface The user must transmit a clear and complete communication of the current automation mode: the driver needs an explicit representation of his current responsibilities and those of the vehicle.
In a completely autonomous car, 3D screens offer new opportunities to provide immersive experiences with games and movies, as well as for interaction with other people inside and outside the vehicle.
Given this series of advantages, several car manufacturers are already developing a visualization technology to transmit 3D security information and headlight system such as h1 led bulbs for low beam. But in addition to drivers, this technology will serve passengers, through the transmission of 3D movies, for example.
Currently, car brands, in addition to the manufacturers of screens, and even Apple, are working on the development of windshields that allow the integration of digital elements that complement the reality that can see through the eyes. This augmented reality allows a world of signals, alerts, and indications to display in front of the driver’s eyes. The patents filed by Apple even specify the possibility of making calls through FaceTime between two autonomous vehicles.
It should emphasize that, although the developments of 3D vision and augmented reality go in parallel, they are two technologies that are destined to converge and that we will see in new cars in less than five years.