Ex­pect con­fer­ence room, en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre in next cars

The Punch - - TOURISM & TRAVEL LINE - Rasheed Bisiriyu

Fu­ture cars are here. this aptly sums up the im­pres­sion of those that at­tended the just con­cluded CES 2020 in Las Ve­gas, united States, as au­tomak­ers dis­played con­cept ve­hi­cles with flam­boy­ant de­signs, which are due for pro­duc­tion and sale be­fore the end of the year.

One of the auto con­cept dis­plays still at­tract­ing a great deal of ex­cit­ing com­ments on­line came from Con­ti­nen­tal, a Ger­man car soft­ware and hard­ware man­u­fac­turer. It is a three-in-one car - a con­fer­ence room, an en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre and an au­to­mo­bile.

Con­ti­nen­tal said the cars of to­mor­row would have all th­ese things and more as it re­port­edly pre­sented its vi­sion for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, in which con­sumer tech­nol­ogy would blend seam­lessly into new cars, mak­ing peo­ple’s jour­neys more per­son­alised, holis­tic and ul­ti­mately con­nected.

A re­port by en­gad­get.com cap­tures the ex­cit­ing mo­ment cre­ated at the event with the dis­play.

the re­port read in part, “Con­ti­nen­tal ex­ec­u­tives took to the stage on Mon­day at CES to re­gale the as­sem­bled crowd with their vi­sion of a safer, smarter and more con­nected driv­ing fu­ture.

“First, the com­pany showed off its up­com­ing “trans­par­ent hood” fea­ture based on the ex­ist­ing Sur­round View sys­tem. It con­sists of a set of four cam­eras mounted on the ve­hi­cle’s un­der­car­riage that beam a view of the road un­der the ve­hi­cle to the cen­tral dis­play in the cabin.

“Con­ti­nen­tal also pre­viewed its nat­u­ral 3D Dis­play con­cept. Us­ing the 3D light-field tech­nol­ogy that the com­pany de­buted last year, the cen­tral con­sole will float 3D im­ages and data a few inches from the dis­play’s sur­face and re­port­edly be vis­i­ble from any seat in the ve­hi­cle with­out the need for spe­cial glasses.”

an on­line jour­nal, techradar, in a re­port by Olivia Tam­bini on the is­sue, said the CES 2020 fair pre­sented a glimpse into the cars of to­mor­row and it quoted a spokesper­son for Con­ti­nen­tal as say­ing, “this is the largest trans­for­ma­tion the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has seen since its birth.”

It de­scribed the in­no­va­tion as one of most ex­cit­ing new tech­nolo­gies com­ing “as part of a new part­ner­ship with Sennheiser, which brings im­mer­sive Am­beo 3D au­dio to your car – and in turn, trans­forms your hum­ble ve­hi­cle into an in­stru­ment, negat­ing the need for space-con­sum­ing speaker sys­tems.

“Con­ti­nen­tal’s Ac2ated Sound sys­tem uses spe­cially de­signed ac­tu­a­tors to ‘ex­cite’ spe­cific sur­faces in a ve­hi­cle, us­ing the res­o­nant ar­eas of the car to am­plify sounds be­ing cre­ated by vi­brat­ing the ve­hi­cle’s in­te­rior.

“In the­ory, this will cre­ate a be­spoke, im­mer­sive au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence, all in the com­fort of your car.”

nat­u­ral 3D Cen­ter­stack is an­other new tech­nol­ogy shown off at the tech show. This is said to turn the dis­play on a car’s dash­board into a 3D ex­pe­ri­ence – with­out the need for spe­cial glasses or head tracker cam­eras.

It is said to work by emit­ting a light field that gives a 3D im­pres­sion of the in­for­ma­tion on the cen­tre con­sole dis­play in the car, in 4K res­o­lu­tion – for ex­am­ple, ac­cept­ing a call could gen­er­ate a 3D holo­gramme-like avatar of the caller.

Con­ti­nen­tal said the dis­play board could also be op­er­ated by a touch, pro­vid­ing he­patic feed­back, in­creas­ing the rate of con­ve­nience and safety.

the team from cnet.com that cov­ered the show also re­ported that the CES was grad­u­ally turn­ing into an auto show in its own right, with lots of new con­cept and pro­duc­tion cars tak­ing the stage.

It also noted, “It’s amaz­ing, with all the new techs be­ing crammed into cars th­ese days.”

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