Bosch developing next-generation 3D digital instrument panels

Bosch believes passive 3D display technology is the next step in in-car technology

German technology giant and key automotive industry supplier Bosch has revealed new technology that will underpin next-generation 3D digital displays, intended for use in cars. 

The firm says it has created a range of new products for automotive manufacturers, using passive 3D technology to create a “realistic” three-dimensional effect, allowing in-car displays to prioritise certain information and package more information into smaller screens.

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“The display’s depth of field means drivers can grasp important visual information faster, whether from an assistance system or a traffic-jam alert,” claims Dr. Steffen Berns, president of Bosch Car Multimedia.

Bosch also claims that 3D technology will drastically improve camera based driver assistance functions. For instance, a 3D reversing camera system could give drivers a better sense of depth and more realistic view of the space behind the vehicle. 

The firm says that the technology is ready and can be applied to displays of all shapes and sizes. However, Bosch is not the first in the industry to develop a 3D display for use in a vehicle. American automotive electronics supplier Visteon has already developed a 3D instrument cluster which will make its debut in the next Peugeot 208, relying on mirrors to create a holographic effect.

Bosch claims that its passive 3D technology is more true to form three-dimensional broadcasting via display technology, not requiring glasses or reflection for the 3D effect to be seen.

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