Monday 13th January 2020
Block out the sun’s glare as you drive with AI technology

CES 2020 took place in Las Vegas last week, with some of the top names in technology showcasing their innovative new creations. Amongst them was Bosch, revealing a new way to protect drivers from sun glare.

The company has designed an AI sun visor that shades your eyes from the sun without getting in the way of your view of the road. It’s an interesting alternative from regular visors already fitted onto vehicles, which work well much of the time but are less effective when the sun is low in the sky – as they can’t reach far down enough to block it, and would block the driver’s view of the road if they could. This is especially true during winter, particularly when the sun is lower around rush hour – high traffic and blinding light is not a good combination. However, sun glare can be a problem all year round, sometimes even making it dangerous to drive due to poor vision. The “Virtual Visor” could be a great solution to this.

The Virtual Visor is a transparent LCD panel that blocks out glare while giving you a clear view of the road. It’s paired with a camera that monitors the driver, and the two are married together with algorithms that adjust the visor to cast shadows over the driver’s face as required. AI is used to identify the driver’s facial features and eye view, and the system adjusts the areas of the LCD visor that hit the driver’s eyes. This means only parts of the visor are darkened while the rest remains clear for optimal road views.

The Virtual Visor was devised by a group of three powertrain engineers whose original prototype was made from an old LCD monitor found in a recycling bin. The idea has been very well received, picking up an honorary Best of Innovation in the CES 2020 Innovation Awards and a Best of Innovation for the In-Vehicle Entertainment & Safety category accolade.

Also seen at CES 2020 was the Sony Vision-S concept car. It detects driver fatigue and upon spotting the signs, can give you a warning, correct your course or drive autonomously in order to keep you safe on the road. The car also boasts 360-degree audio. Meanwhile, Yandex showed off an automated Toyota Prius which drove visitors around the car park, BMW demonstrated seats that recline up to 60 degrees for the ultimate comfort in autonomous cars, and HERE Technologies announced a one-stop Navigation on Demand system for manufacturers, providing easy system integration and map updates. Find out more about CES 2020.

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