Volkswagen concept turns your entire car into a GPS display

A year and a half ago, AIDA was a friendly robotic head from MIT and Volkswagen that lived in your dashboard and gave you driving directions. AIDA 2.0 does away with the robot, but turns everything the driver can see into one giant navigation and information display. Good luck paying attention to the road now.

The idea behind AIDA 2.0 is to take all of the information that a driver could possibly want, and make it easily accessible directly on your dashboard. Your entire dashboard, plus the console, instrument panel, and even your wing mirrors outside the car... All of it becomes one giant virtual display that updates itself as you move:

Notice how AIDA knows your schedule, where you like to eat, activities that you're interested in, and more. As you're driving, it's constantly searching and filtering through local information to pick out things that it thinks you might care about. The more you use it, the more the system learns about you, and the more effective it becomes at just giving you the info you need, when you need it.

With all of this relevant information being displayed right in front of your nose, it seems like it would be hard to spare much concentration for the mildly important task of not smashing in to the guy in front of you. So, we might need to go with a system that's a little less distracting in the immediate future, at least until we all get ourselves those long-overdue robot cars.

Via MIT

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