Bosch has created a virtual AI-powered sun visor designed to prevent the sun from getting in drivers’ eyes while giving them an unobstructed view of the road ahead.
The system uses a transparent LCD panel mounted in place of a traditional car visor and a driver-monitoring camera inside the car to track how the sun falls on a driver’s face, coupled with AI algorithms to determine both where their face is and the location of their eyes, nose and mouth in order to detect shadows.
The algorithm then analyses the driver’s view and darkens the section of the display through which the light falls on their eyes, allowing them to see the road ahead thanks to the shadow cast directly onto their face.
Sun glare concerns for drivers
Bosch claimed that sun glare causes twice as many car accidents as any other weather-related condition.
More than one in 50 accidents are linked to sun glare, according to the AA, contributing to hundreds of serious or fatal crashes each year.
Figures from the Department of Transport in 2014 report that the sun’s glare was a contributory factor in an average of 28 road deaths a year between 2010 and 2013, in addition to around 3,900 injuries each year.
“For most drivers around the world, the visor component as we know it is not enough to avoid hazardous sun glare – especially at dawn and dusk when the sun can greatly decrease drivers’ vision,” Dr Steffen Berns, president of Bosch Car Multimedia, said.
“Some of the simplest innovations make the greatest impact, and Virtual Visor changes the way drivers see the road.”
Bosch is exhibiting the virtual visor at CES in Las Vegas, the world’s largest annual technology showcase, where it won a Best of Innovation Award ahead of the show officially opening.
The invention is among many of the new automotive and self-driving vehicle technologies predicted to be shown at this year’s show, which is set to attract more than 175,000 visitors after it officially opens its doors on Tuesday.
Rhiannon Williams is reporting from CES in Las Vegas