January 8, 2020
Bosch Unveils AI Powered Smart Virtual Sun Visor For Cars at CES 2020
Bosch is rethinking driver safety and comfort, bringing one of the most overlooked interior components into the spotlight, the sun visor. The sun causes twice as many car accidents as any other weather-related condition due to temporary blindness. Bosch is offering a solution with the revolutionary Virtual Visor, a transparent LCD and an intuitive camera, which replaces the traditional vehicle sun visor completely. As the first reimagined visor in nearly a century, Bosch’s technology utilizes intelligent algorithms to intuitively block the sun’s glare and not the view of the road ahead.
Virtual Visor links an LCD panel with a driver or occupant-monitoring camera to track the sun’s casted shadow on the driver’s face. The system uses artificial intelligence to locate the driver within the image from the driver-facing camera. It also utilizes AI to determine the landmarks on the face ‒ including where the eyes, nose, and mouth are located ‒ so that it can identify shadows on the face. The algorithm analyzes the driver’s view, darkening only the section of the display through which light hits the driver’s eyes. The rest of the display remains transparent, no longer obscuring a large section of the driver’s field of vision.
The creative use of liquid crystal technology to block a specific light source decreases dangerous sun glare, driver discomfort, and accident risk; it also increases driver visibility, comfort, and safety. The traditional sun visor is not equipped to adequately address this safety concern. At best, it blocks some of the suns from your eyes but along with it, some of your views are blocked as well.