Anyone who has lived to the west of their workplace can understand how terribly bothersome the evening sun is when driving. But the only way to stop the sharp glare is to cover up a large portion of your front visibility. But Bosch might have a solution. Introducing the Bosch Virtual Visor.
Shown off at CES2020, the Bosch Virtual Visor is a transparent LCD screen connected to an in-cabin camera. By tracking the location of the driver's face, the screen intelligently blocks the sun, and nothing else, from the driver's view. Using this system, the visor can free up as much as 90% of the driver's vision that would have been covered by a standard visor.
This system, should it prove effective, would help ease both driver discomfort and risk of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that twice as many accidents happen on the road as a result of sun blindness than inclement weather.
Interested parties had a chance to test out the system. They reported that it was fairly effective at blocking out the sun (simulated in the demo by a bright light in a lab) when they moved about. The only notable issue they remarked on was that certain extreme angles that the visor could not effectively block.
It's a fascinating idea, but is it worthwhile? When asked about why the concept wasn't built into the windshield itself, Bosch explained that both the costs of repair and the emergency fail state would be issues. A single visor is a lot cheaper than a whole windshield. They also explained that should the part become broken or defective, it will default to a blackout state. This way, even a broken visor still works as a normal visor.
Would you opt-in for the technology?
Bosch Virtual Visor Tracks Your Eyes to Block the Sun
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