Continental equipped the first production car with a 3D dashboard

Continental has prepared the first of its kind 3D driver data visualization system for the new Genesis GV80 SUV. It looks very similar to pictures from sci-fi films in which indicators, buttons and other icons necessary for the user are “advanced” above the panel, occupying the foreground. At the same time, the car’s windshield and most of the review remain open, and no one sees the data except the driver himself.

The developer describes the system as an autostereoscopic display, the working surface of which is divided into fragments using “parallax barriers”. Sensors monitor the driver’s eyes and change the slope of the barriers so that each eye receives its part of the picture. In this way, a stereoscopic image is formed, which is not difficult to add special effects.

Continental explains that they developed the system as an information system, and with an emphasis on driving safety. In a critical situation, it is very difficult for a person to understand many indicators, so it is important to put critical information on top of other signals. Three-dimensional visualization is great for this purpose, and the fact that no one else sees it in the car’s interior minimizes panic. The eye tracking system also allows you to control the behavior and condition of the driver, responding to his fatigue.

Following the logic, the driver will use the novelty only in extreme cases, there is no talk about the entertainment function. However, it will also be available to passengers in the backseat, thanks to Leia's Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting technology. Especially for it, an interface is now being designed based on the control of light flux by hand gestures.

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