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Volvo working on tech to turn an entire car windshield into an AR display

 A render of how a Volvo car with a Spectralics wide filed of view HUD might look like. (Image: Volvo)
A render of how a Volvo car with a Spectralics wide filed of view HUD might look like. (Image: Volvo)
Volvo has partnered with Israeli-based Spectralics for the development of optical technology that takes ‘heads-up’ display tech to the next level. The technology uses multi-layered thin combiner (MLTC) film embedded in a windshield to provide an AR overlay of the driver’s view as a driver aid.

Volvo is among the most innovative car companies in the world, particularly when it comes to introducing the latest safety technologies. The company has announced a partnership with Spectralics, an Israel-based start-up that is working on levelling up traditional ‘heads-up’ display technology. Spectralics is working with a multi-layered thin combiner (MLTC) film that can be embedded in the windshield of a car to turn the whole window into a large augmented reality (AR) display.

The aim of the technology is to further aid the driver by identifying key features and potential hazards in the area in the immediate vicinity ahead of where the car is being driven. According to Volvo, this wide field of view heads-up display “can instill a sense of distance as virtual objects are superimposed onto the real-world environment for a safe and immersive experience.

Volvo says the technology is still in its early stage of development but that they have made an investment in Spectralics because it believes the technology has the potential to make cars safer and “revolutionize the in-car experience”. “Spectralics is an exciting company with technology that holds truly great promise,” said Henrik Green, chief product officer at Volvo Cars. “By supporting their development, we can bring forward the potential their products could have in future Volvo cars.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-11-29 (Update: 2021-11-29)