Ford creates movie screen for driverless cars

Ford has filed a patent for a new autonomous vehicle entertainment system to be used in its self-driving cars.

The new creation is a 50-inch windshield movie screen for driverless cars that will allow drivers and passengers alike to sit back and watch a movie during a long journey.

Ford cars at dealers in Somerset and other new Ford cars boast a number of advanced technologies, but the new driverless cars from Ford could also incorporate a drop-down projector screen and a smaller screen on the dashboard.

According to an article on Wired, this feature would see a driverless car come with an entertainment system controller that will allow the driver to display their media content on the windscreen while the car is driving in the autonomous mode or switch the media to a second display screen on the dashboard when the car is being driven manually.

Speaking to Forbes, Alan Hall, who is a spokesperson for Ford, downplayed the patent, “We submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business. Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas but aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”

Ford has not set a deadline as to when a driverless car could feature this new entertainment system, but many believe that the feature being included in new models is not too far away.

Autonomy to snowtonomy

In related news, driverless cars from Ford have now been tested to drive in snow and so far the tests have been a success.

According to a piece on the Ford Media Center, there are a number of reasons why their driverless cars can drive on snow:

  • High resolution 3D maps using LiDAR technology
  • An unlimited data plan allowing vehicles to collect and process mapping data
  • The use of smart sensors from LiDAR, which can even identify snowflakes and raindrops
  • More accurate navigation than GPS
  • Sensor fusion, which helps monitor the health of the sensors on the car and will identify if a sensor is iced up or has a build-up of grime in it

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