Just a few weeks ago, Ford Motor Company filed a patent for a windshield that plays movies. Ford is currently developing a self-driving car and is exploring features that could one day accompany driver-less cars. Of course, the idea behind this will be that by the time driver-less cars hit the road, people will want to have convenient entertainment available to them while they’re sitting in traffic. So logically, if you’re going to have a movie screen in your car, why not use the windshield?
Ford calls their movie windshield the “Autonomous Vehicle Entertainment System”. According to the automaker, the system would essentially be a windshield that turns into a 50 inch or larger television screen. The current vision held by Ford for the movie screen is that when the car is in autonomous mode (self-driving) the entertainment will play through the windshield. When the car switches to self-autonomous mode (user-driving), the entertainment will switch over to a screen in the back seat.
Ford admits that while they regularly file patents for new ideas and projects, they don’t always put those projects into development. They are, however, actually developing a driver-less car, so the movie windshield might not be far behind.
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