6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET On Cars: Road to the Future: At Mercedes, the dashboard of tomorrow

About Video Transcript

CNET On Cars: Road to the Future: At Mercedes, the dashboard of tomorrow

2:39 /

Brian Cooley visits Mercedes's lab in Silicon Valley where he tries out a prototype dashboard that uses gesture tech and VR to access information.

[MUSIC] Now what's the future of head-up displays. Mercedes will put this to you, DICE. Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience. It's a mock-up here of a future vehicle, but look what this does. You see the entire wind screen is being used as a heads up display. Things can appear anywhere in your view. Not the limited space that we see in cars today. Interacting with it is also much more immersive. Your hand can create this sort of cursor on the screen you see as a grid of dots so you know where it sees your intention by your hand movement. I can put my hand over this restaurant, let's say, I'll get information about it. [MUSIC] I might see a message coming from one of my contacts, so I can push to read it. I can draw down to save it into my main dash, or I can go sideways to discard it for the moment. The big idea here is to take the HUD, make it expansive, but not make it virtual reality, that would blow out your view. It remains augmented reality, but with a full scope of vision. So you're still looking what you would look anyway as a driver. The size of the Head Up Displays will get larger and larger and. And as you get into let's say, a space where you can do augmented reality features and innovation like we shown on the side. A dynamic and intuitive control experience will be possible. This is very natural and very intuitive. You don't have to learn a lot of new behaviors in terms of where your eyes go. [MUSIC] You just learn some new gestures instead, and of course the fact that we are augmenting reality is a trend that's bobbling up all over the place in consumer electronics. To be especially able to project the images, you know, further away from the car. Cuz at the end of the day drivers are still driving themselves and that should be the primary task. Now you may recall Mercedes has been showing Google glass integrated with their cars. But they don't see you using that while driving. [MUSIC] The main reason why we do not customers actually to use it while driving is we cannot control what is being projected on that screen. We would never allow any information or anything to be distracting you while driving. Instead, Mercedes see something like glass as a pre-drive informational tool, and then perhaps a last block navigational tool, after you park and arrive. Additionally, its not completely in your field of view. So that means you would have to look away from the road. Edmunds.com has done a survey of the market that suggests the number of cars with Head Up Displays will have nearly tripled in the last five years. Up to nearly 40 models in 2014. [MUSIC]

New releases

Valve sets sights on the living room with Steam Machines
1:50 March 4, 2015
Valve's Steam Machines will be coming in all shapes and sizes, and aim to bring PC gaming to your living room.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 139: Nvidia Shield, an online comic book class taught by Stan Lee and more
27:48 March 4, 2015
On today's show, we discuss the new set-top box future of Nvidia Shield, explain how you can take a comic book course taught by Stan...
Play video
The Sony Morpheus VR headset gets more comfortable and more immersive
2:39 March 4, 2015
The redesigned Sony Morpheus VR headset fits better on your head, has a better screen, and its demos are more compelling.
Play video
2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport
5:32 March 4, 2015
Lexus just keeps getting younger.
Play video
'Chappie' stirs up questions about artificial intelligence
2:57 March 4, 2015
Some of the biggest names in tech have warned about the dangers of creating AI, and machines that can think are at the center of Sony's...
Play video
'House of Cards' season 3: Totally obsessive tech-spotting
1:59 March 4, 2015
We combed through the entire third season of "House of Cards" to find out which gadgets each and every character uses.
Play video
Instant smartphone printers
1:37 March 4, 2015
Instant printers are the new Polaroids. Check out these top 3 that connect to your smartphone, giving you a paper print out in min...
Play video
What's free on Xbox and PlayStation: March 2015
1:41 March 4, 2015
Check out the free games for March 2015 available on the Xbox Live Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus subscription services.
Play video