We have seen the future of fully autonomous vehicles, and it includes the futuristic Audi AI:ME. The automaker touts it as a personal “third living space” where passengers can use eye tracking to communicate with the show car intuitively, like having it order their favorite foods. Put on a pair of VR goggles to enjoy a virtual flight across a spectacular mountain landscape. Plus, all of the technology adapts virtual content to the movements of the vehicle in real time.
All of these technologies combined allow passengers to fully relax and get away from their hectic day-to-day lives. They can return to reality when they have arrived at their destination where the ordered food was delivered on time, coordinated by the AI:ME on the basis of the users’ personal preferences and the car’s navigation data.
Similar to a 3D television, two views are generated of each picture: one pixel for the left eye and the neighboring pixel for the right eye on the mixed reality head-up display. The driver sees the 3D mixed reality head-up display floating at a distance of 8 to 10 meters; through clever representation, the apparent distance is even increased to over 70 meters.
A second transparent display measures 15 centimeters high, 122 centimeters wide, and is partially embedded into the instrument panel. It boasts two layers: a transparent OLED display and a black layer for a particularly deep shade of black. Sections that aren’t showing information remain transparent, thus giving the impression of a glass pane and offering an unobstructed view of the road.