3D graphics on the dashboard, the next trend? image

An automotive parts supplier and a New Zeeland company are teaming up to bring three-dimensional graphics to cars’ dashboards.

The automotive industry is always trying to implement the latest electronic trends into new cars. The digital instrument cluster is not a novelty anymore, therefore something new has to emerge. 3D technology has induced an important change to the movies industry, so why not use three-dimensional graphics into our vehicles? Delphi Automotive parts supplier and a New Zealand company want to bring the same visual effect to the cockpit of your car, reports Detroit Free Press. And the first glimpse of this possible new trend will be seen on a Ford Mustang GT concept next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The original idea is coming from the 3D graphics software company PureDepth, who patented the Multi-Layer Display (MLD) technology platform that uses multiple 2D image planes arranged in an optical stack with an interstitial component to eliminate moiré interference, thus providing a 3D experience.

“Normally traditional instrument displays present different images to the left and right eyes,” said Darryl Singh, PureDepth CEO. “On longer trips drivers can experience headaches, eye strain and sometimes even nausea.” Delphi came to PureDepth with the idea to bring the multi-layer display system inside a car. “Video games, arcades, the gaming industry and even Hollywood is where the pioneers in graphics go to show their stuff,” said Glen DeVos, Delphi vice president of advanced engineering. “We wanted some of that multidimensional look in a car.” MLD is coupled with smart imaging, optical and software technology to deliver high quality 2D and 3D graphics. “It uses the rear display as a light source and everything that is normally black on the front display see-through, or translucent,” DeVos said. “It’s higher definition and better resolution, so you get crisper text, crisper graphics and a true three dimensional effect.”

Via Detroit Free Press