Autonomous driving technology promises to drastically change future automobiles and Hyundai Mobis is giving us a glimpse at what the interior of the future could look like.
Set to debut at CES next month, the Autonomous Driving Interior Concept has been designed for a world dominated by vehicles with Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous driving technology. Since drivers no longer have to pay attention to the road in certain circumstances, the concept has been equipped with “windshield display technology.”
The high-tech windshield is transparent during manual driving mode, but transforms into a massive display that can be used to show movies and streaming entertainment when the vehicle is in autonomous driving mode. The windshield can also display trip updates and can even be blacked out if people need to catch some shut-eye in Level 5 vehicles.
Besides the display windshield, the concept features virtual touch technology which is similar to BMW’s gesture control. Instead of interacting with a traditional touchscreen infotainment system, occupants can make gestures in the air to select between movies and adjust the volume.
Another interesting feature is the concept’s emotional recognition technology. Hyundai Mobis says the system uses a camera to determine a person’s mood so that it can automatically change the interior ambiance of the vehicle to cater to how they are feeling. The system can also share your mood with other nearby vehicles and the company says this could help “avoid potential accidents among disengaged or distracted drivers/passengers.”
Besides the interior concept, Hyundai Mobis will showcase their Communication Lighting technology which enables autonomous vehicles to communicate with pedestrians and other vehicles using intelligent lighting units.