For nearly 100 years, the sun visor has been a piece of staple equipment in almost every vehicle, blocking out the sun’s blinding rays from motorists. Whether it is an affordable econobox, a high-end luxury vehicle, or even a big truck, more often than not it will come with a pair of sun visors. Even as vehicles get ever more complicated and loaded with more technology, the sun visor has continued to retain the simple 'board on a hinge' design.
But let’s be honest, there are times where the sun visor doesn’t really help in blocking out the sun. In the end, we still end up squinting in order to see the road. Bosch, however, may have the high-tech solution that drivers need in order to cut through the glare and block the sun’s rays.
Introduced at the 2020 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Bosch calls it the Virtual Visor. It features a transparent LCD screen with hexagonal segments paired with a small in-cabin RGB camera that tracks the sun shining on the driver’s face.
The system works by having the camera determine facial features (such as eyes, nose, and mouth) and identifying shadows on the face. An algorithm then causes parts of the LCD to darken, shading only the area near the driver’s eyes. Even if the driver moves his head, the darkened part will continue to follow. Meanwhile, the rest of the virtual visor retains transparent, allowing the driver to see more effectively.
As much as it would be cool to see Bosch’s Virtual Visor on vehicles today, the technology is still under development at the moment. Still, it is good to know that drivers might no longer need to squint in order to see through the sun’s glare in the not so distant future. Here's to hoping Bosch makes this technology available (not to mention affordable) on all future cars soon.