Volkswagen Showcase World-first Holographic Module At GTI Meeting On Lake Wörth
Showcased in the luggage compartment of the Golf GTI Aurora, the Volkswagen Group Components’ innovation development has introduced a holographic module. Merging the real and virtual world, the intuitively operable hologram allows for full control of the sound system in the Golf GTI Aurora.
The world-first technology is a step towards predicted future technologies in the automotive industry. The intuitive use makes the experience captivating and interactive. The 3D control elements allow for ease of use and a natural feel. With the tip of your finger, use the holographic module to control the sound system using the start and stop buttons, select an album or playlist for the cube-shaped menu or adjust the volume with the 3D vertical controls.
“Almost everyone is familiar with holograms from Hollywood films such as Star Trek and Star Wars – and we are very close to replicating this cinematic reality.”
Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components
Without the need for 3D glasses or any other special equipment which might allow the use of holography, the three-dimensional experiences we know from the cinema become a reality in the Aurora show car. “It is like a mirage that you can clearly see and which we use to deliver a whole new user experience,” Schmall continued. “The hologram floats freely in the air, above the hardware that is integrated into a compact module in the luggage compartment.”
“We create a floating image using software algorithms and visual technology components. The system automatically recognises the user’s operating requirements and implements them – making it intuitive and logical to operate.”
Mark Möller, Head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components
Details of the technology are a trade secret based on exclusive, original technology. “The holographic system can be realised using technology modules that are already available today; it is no longer just in the realm of science fiction. However, it will be some time before it can be used in production vehicles,” stated Möller.
Despite the knowledge that this impressive technology will not be featured in the next new Volkswagen, the progression from the Volkswagen group is a clear example that the automotive industry is taking steps towards a more intelligent and intuitive future.
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