Continental equips first production car with 3D dashboard

Continental has prepared a first-of-its-kind 3D driver data visualization system for the new Genesis GV80 SUV. It looks a lot like pictures from sci-fi movies, in which the indicators, buttons and other icons that the user wants are "pushed" above the panel, taking the foreground. At the same time, the windshield of the car and most of the view remain open, and no one can see 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". The sensors monitor the driver's eyes and change the slope of the barriers so that each eye receives its own part of the picture. In this way, a stereoscopic image is formed, which is easy to add special effects, such as "emerging" from the plane of the dashboard, rotation, etc.

Continental explains that they developed the system as an information system, with an emphasis on driving safety. In a critical situation, it is very difficult for a person to understand the blinking of indicators, so it is important to put critical information on top of other signals. 3D visualization is great for this purpose, and the fact that no one else in the car can see it minimizes panic. The eye tracking system also monitors the behavior and condition of the driver, responding to his fatigue.

Following the logic, the driver will use the novelty only in extreme cases, the entertainment function is out of the question. However, it will also be available to rear-seat passengers thanks to Leia's Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting technology. An interface based on the control of light fluxes by hand gestures is now being designed specifically for it.