Tech might turn entire windshield into a head-up display screen

Volvo is moneying a tech start-up with the objective of possibly turning vehicle windscreens into enormous head-up display screens.

The Swedish car manufacturer has actually invested a concealed quantity in optical and imaging innovation company Spectralics, through its Volvo Cars Tech Fund equity capital arm.

Israel-based Spectralics has actually established what the start-up calls a multi-layer thin combiner (MLTC). It’s a movie that can be used to transparent surface areas—like windscreens.

The MLTC movie permits images to be forecasted onto surface areas, possibly producing a big head-up display screen where virtual things are layered on top of the real-life view out the windscreen, Volvo claims. This might produce a more immersive variation of the augmented-reality head-up display screens we have actually currently seen in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Volvo Concept Recharge

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Other possible usages consist of filters for various applications, in-cabin picking up, predicting images from forward-facing electronic cameras to decrease blind areas, and holographic forecasts, Volvo stated.

Volvo didn’t go over when this innovation may be all set for commercialization, or any concrete strategies to utilize it in production automobiles. But a financial investment might be the start of a longer-term collaboration that might see future Volvos geared up with MLTC tech.

The car manufacturer formerly bought Silicon Valley-based lidar business Luminar, and verified in 2020 that roof-mounted Luminar lidar sensing units will be utilized in production automobiles starting in 2022. The very first automobiles to get lidar will be based upon the upcoming SPA2 architecture.

Volvo formerly stated the next-generation XC90 will release SPA2 when it debuts in 2022. The car manufacturer has actually likewise verified an electrical XC90, although fuel and plug-in hybrid powertrains might continue too.