It is believed that many car owners often encounter glare in the daytime driving, which is one of the causes of road traffic accidents. To this end, Bosch Sunday has launched a virtual sun visor inspired by an LCD TV and is on public display at the CES 2020 show. The virtual sun visor is understood to use algorithms and cameras to analyze what drivers see through their LCD screens and darken the sunlight into parts of their eyes. The rest of the display is transparent to block out sunlight without blocking most of the driver’s field of view.
Jason Zink, an engineer on the project, said: “You may sometimes be heading towards the sun, which not only avoids glare, but also gets a good view. Bosch cites studies, including a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which showed that thousands of accidents each year are caused by solar glare. Another study showed that when the sun is shining, the risk of a car accident is 16 percent higher.
Bosch says traditional sun visors are not enough because they block a wide range of views to eliminate glare. “In the early stages of development, we found that users could adjust traditional sun visors to always block their eyes,” says Zink. A Bosch spokesman said the company was in “active discussions” about commercializing the new sun visor, but did not provide any details.