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Auto Shows Bosch creates a sun visor that automatically blocks the sun

17:17  06 january  2020
17:17  06 january  2020 Source:   autoblog.com

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Bosch pelted the sun visor into the 21st century using an LCD screen and AI. The Virtual Visor blocks sunlight while staying transparent. The agency annually blames thousands of accidents on the sun . Interestingly, Bosch didn't begin the project by throwing millions of development dollars at it.

Bosch Virtual Visor only blocks the area where the sun would hit a driver's eyes and leaves the rest of the visor transparent, eliminating the need to “Every time you take your hand off of the steering wheel to flip that visor up and down, it’s a distraction and it’s leading to an unsafe situation,” said Zink.

German supplier Bosch traveled to CES 2020 to introduce an artificial intelligence-powered sun visor called Virtual Visor. It's a major update to a part that has barely evolved in the history of the car.

The Virtual Visor takes the form of a rectangle that swings down from the headliner to block sunlight, but the similarities between it and the sun visor in your daily driver stop there. It's a transparent LCD screen that uses an occupant-monitoring camera to track shadows across the front passengers' faces. Artificial intelligence then identifies facial features, like the nose, the ears, and the mouth, and uses this information to tint only the parts of the visor through which sunlight hits the passenger's eyes, creating a shadow that looks like a robotic Venetian mask. The rest stays transparent.

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Bosch said traditional sun visors were inadequate because they blocked a large area from the field of vision to remove glare. "We discovered early in the development that users adjust their traditional sun visors to always cast a shadow on their own eyes," said Zink. Ryan Todd, another Bosch engineer

You instinctively reach for the car’s sun visor , but from there it’s an ongoing battle to try and angle and position it so that the sun ’s blinding rays are blocked , but The region of the visor that ’s darkened is constantly changing based on both the vehicle and driver’s movements, but the rest should remain

While this innovation sounds relatively minor compared to the massive changes sweeping across the automotive industry, Bosch predicted it will have a major effect on safety, especially at dawn and at dusk. The company's research found the sun's glare causes nearly twice as many accidents as other weather-related conditions, and statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) back up that assertion. The agency annually blames thousands of accidents on the sun.

Interestingly, Bosch didn't begin the project by throwing millions of development dollars at it. The supplier explained the idea came from three forward-thinking powertrain engineers who built the original prototype with an LCD screen they found in a trash bin. Executives liked what they saw, so they gave the group the proverbial green light, and much-needed resources. While the Virtual Visor is still at the concept stage, and its implementation in a production car depends on automakers, Bosch told Autoblog it's talking with manufacturers about bringing the technology to production.

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