Mitsubishi Electric have developed a car interface which they believe will be realized within a decade from now. Rear projection displays were used instead of LCDs because they allow for extreme curves, surrounding a driver so information is always visible to them.
Words from Mitsubishi Electric:
“At Mitsubishi Electric, we suggest individual technologies to all kinds of car makers. But unless we show how these technologies can actually be used, manufacturers don’t have a clear image of them, or understand what level of performance they’ve reached. So we suggest specifically how technologies can be used, by enabling people to experience those technologies for themselves.”
“Things like the seat position can be customized for all kinds of people. This is done through personal ID, and facial temperature measurement, or heart-rate measurement using a Doppler sensor. In this way, the system senses the person’s health condition on that day. The aim is to position the seat and steering to match the driver, and provide information to help with safe driving.”
“This car embodies a concept for about ten years from now. Its main feature is the display. For the instrument panel in the center, which has only been a flat LCD until now, what we suggest is using rear projection, so the display surface can be freely curved, for more effective design. Another feature is that, even though this is a rear-projection display, it supports touch operation as well.”