When self-driving cars make it to the market, the passengers in the cars will need more entertainment while driving in their cars, as they are not engaged in driving the car.
Ford has a patented an autonomous vehicle entertainment system that caters to this demand.
The entertainment system provides content such as movies, television shows, games, music and videos. Accordingly, the car has a retractable projection screen, which rolls out in front of the windshield. Now, this is not as crazy as it sounds. With self-driving cars, the passengers will not be required to look through the windshield. Since the car is driving on its own, all the passengers can fully concentrate on the media content shown in the projector screen.
Publication number: US 9272708
Patent Title: Autonomous vehicle entertainment system
Publication date: 1 Mar 2016
Filing date: 30 Sep 2013
Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy; Manoharprasad K. Rao;
Original Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC