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Bosch Virtual Visor promises to solve a glaring danger for motorists

This high-tech LCD sun visor debuting at CES might be ready in time for your next car purchase.

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Chris Paukert

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Bosch's Virtual Visor is a high-tech solution that promises to end sun glare problems when driving.

It's debuting in Las Vegas at CES 2020.

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The centerpiece of the tech is a special transparent LED visor that can selectively turn portions of its display opaque.

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I tried an early prototype version in a lab environment.

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Don't worry about Kiss-style tan lines, those pixels are always moving.

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By only blocking a small portion of the visor to combat sun glare, visibility is improved over conventional visors by up to 90%.

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A small driver-facing camera uses special AI software to track shadows across the driver's face and determine the sun's placement.

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The Virtual Visor test rig shows what the camera sees.

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The AI software locates the driver in the camera's view and can identify eyes, nose and mouth. 

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Honeycomb-like pixels have been chosen because their round form factor better blocks the sun than square pixels.

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The system isn't perfect yet -- I was able to induce some delays and experience momentary glare with my movements, but this is a very early prototype.

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This table shows the progression of Virtual Visor prototypes. This after-hours project was bootstrapped by engineers using repurposed old monitor parts and Arduino project boards.

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For demonstration purposes, a flashlight on a tripod operates as a stand-in for the sun.

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The Bosch Virtual Visor was conceived not at the German company's headquarters, but instead at its R&D labs in Plymouth, Michigan, just outside Detroit.

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You can see the different tracking points of the AI camera quite clearly here.

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Bosch is hoping to replace conventional sun visors like this hefty version off of a commercial truck. 

In fact, commercial semi trucks could be this technology's biggest market in the early going.

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