Bosch envisions that the car represents the third living space and a personal assistant, after the home and office, in the not-too-distant future. Additionally, the car presents a vision of what the interiors of future vehicles could possibly look like, how car and driver will soon be able to communicate with each other. Highly automated driving will do more than significantly improve safety and fuel-efficiency. From the cars of the future, drivers will also be able to communicate, including by video conference, with others, such as friends, family, or coworkers.
At the re:publica show, the display car’s human-machine interface follows an integrated approach by providing the driver with one single interface. This meant the show car has large surface monitors instead of the usual front and middle consoles. These can display any information flexibly, as required by the given situation. All-round interior lighting completes the display concept.
In the Bosch show car, the driver has access to real-time traffic and weather information, both from the cloud and in social media and communication applications. To ensure that drivers do not endanger others when using these functions, they can be used only during automated driving. It is in automated driving that the strengths of the flexible display concept really come into their own. Images from a video conference, e-mails, or media player then take precedence; a simple swipe is all it takes for drivers to shift back and forth seamlessly between the different displays. Adaptive algorithms adjust the content to the situation and drivers’ habits. Preferences such as seat and mirror positions or preset radio stations can of course be saved as well. fingerprint identification allows the driver to start the car. At the same time, personal settings are retrieved from the memory.
Over the internet of things, the vehicle can also connect with other domains, such as the driver’s home. If a visitor rings the doorbell, the car switches on the intercom. A fingerprint sensor in the car allows the driver to open the front door remotely. In this way, a package delivery person can be admitted into a sealed-off foyer, for example. Once the vehicle arrives at home, it reconnects with the home security system, allowing the driver to first retrieve images from the home’s exterior cameras before driving onto the property. It is also possible to view the vehicle’s direct surroundings using the on-board cameras. This prevents trespassers hiding behind the car from gaining access to the property.