Continental’s fancy new 3D instrument cluster is hitting the market

Is this something you’d like in your car?
by Drei Laurel | Mar 18, 2020
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Remember back in the day when you would excitedly open your cereal box not to chow down, but to get to the freebie it came with? If yes, chances are you’ve at one point gotten hold of a cheap pair of cardboard 3D glasses and thought it was the awesomest thing in the world.

If you thought that was trippy at the time, you’re going to love this.

Continental’s new autostereoscopic—which is a fancy, scientific term for 3D tech—instrument cluster is about to hit the market. The first vehicle to get it will be the Hyundai Genesis GV80’s high-line variant, and no, you won’t need special 3D glasses to make full use of it.

The instrument cluster will display gauges, pointers, and other objects in the glory of 3D, but there’s more to the component than added visual depth. There’s an interior camera that monitors a driver’s line of sight, alerting him if he’s distracted or tired. Continental also says it has ensured that drivers will not be overloaded with information from various vehicle systems like infotainment applications and communication.

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“With our volume-production display featuring autostereoscopic 3D technology, we are raising human-machine interaction (HMI) to a whole new level and laying the foundations for intuitive communication in the connected cockpit of tomorrow,” Dr. Frank Rabe, head of Continental’s HMI business unit.

What’s next for 3D in-car technology? Continental says it’s already developing a new 3D display for passengers that can be used not just for entertainment purposes like gaming and movies, but for more practical things like video conferences as well. This is scheduled for production by the year 2022.

Is a 3D instrument cluster something you’d fancy inside your vehicle? Let us know in the comments.

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