Bosch Presents 3D Displays in Vehicles For a Safer Drive

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As autonomous technology advances, the digital display is becoming a centerpiece for drivers to interact with their cars. And, in the age of the smart devices, people expect sharp images and an intuitive, responsive relationship with their screen. But, digital displays in vehicles are a sad second cousin, lagging behind in functionality and aesthetics. Bosch intends to change that.

  • The digital display is becoming a more central player for humans to interact with their vehicles.
  • Although smartphones have an intuitive and interactive design, digital displays aren’t at that level of sophistication. 
  • With passive 3D technology, Bosch allows the driver to see and grasp information more quickly with an interface that can also respond through voice and haptics.

According to Oklahoma University, we rely on our eyesight  83 percent of the time to grasp information. With its new 3D display products, Bosch uses passive 3D technology to generate a realistic three-dimensional effect. Through this effect — achieved without 3D glasses — drivers can comprehend visual information more quickly than with a conventional display. By creating more depth of field, the visuals pop out from the screen to grab and focus attention.

Bosch 3D display
Bosch 3D display. Image (c) Bosch

Digital displays provide crucial information

In our vehicles, the digital display does more than just tell us what’s going on inside the car, but also what’s happening outside. The rear-view camera provides crucial information to let us know if we have a clear path to back up. However, if the screen doesn’t crisply and accurately represent the picture, it can cause accidents.

The 3D effect allows drivers to “see” better to gauge space, such as how close you are to bumping into another car’s fender or hitting the wall of a parking garage. In addition, when using a GPS navigation system, the spatial depth of the screen makes features on the map, such as buildings, stand out from the screen.

For digital displays to more closely mirror the smartphone experience, the new 3D screens can also interact via voice or haptics. Also, Bosch can make them to suit manufacturers’ needs, whether small and flat or large and curved and including unusual shapes.


Since we rely on our digital screens to access and respond to information, having sharp and easily perceived visuals is essential. And, once autonomous vehicles come online, the digital display will become the primary way for us to interact with our cars.

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