Toyota is a popular automobile manufacturer and is regularly searching
for ways to standout from competitors. This innovation has led to the
possibility of major updates to vehicle windshields. Toyota has recently
patented the “augmented-reality windshield”, a product intended
to alert drivers to what is ahead on the road. Human error is arguably
one of the most common causes of auto accidents, so technologies such
as this that are aimed at preventing human error have the potential to
make roadways safer for everyone.
Toyota’s new windshield possibility is said to employ “head-up”
displays, which can present information such as speed and navigation on
the windshield so that drivers do not have to look down at the instrument
panel as much while driving. Not only would the information be located
on the windshield of your vehicle, but could be moved around to the best
spot on the windshield for drivers. For instance, when traveling at faster
speeds a driver’s focus will be farther down the road due to a quick
approach. The displayed information would get smaller and move up in this
situation so that it’s easier for drivers to see. This feature will
make driving simpler and safer.
These head-up displays use reflections to send static images to your windshield
from the dashboard. The system that Toyota is proposing does the same
thing, while also reading the vehicle’s steering-angle sensors.
Two cameras will be used with the displays – one mounted in front
to recognize lane markings, and another on the inside of the vehicle to
track what is in the driver’s view. Real time data will be used
in these vehicles when navigating movements such as lane changes. Have
you ever wondered how close you are to the edge of your lane you are when
driving? With these technological advancements, the windshield will use
combined data to determine information like this for you – and display
it in the best location for safety.
This development could be a major transition to windshields of the future;
and Toyota hopes to be part of the change. While all automotive technological
advancements are not successful at improving roadway safety, we are hopeful
nonetheless. Because we meet so many auto accident victims, we are eager
to see technologies with the aim of preventing these life-changing events.