The world’s first dual-view infotainment touch screen debuts in the new Range Rover, allowing driver and passenger to view different screens simultaneously.
The Driver punches in the destination and up pops directions on the dash screen. That would be fairly unremarkable these days except that in doing so he does not disturb his passenger, who is deeply involved in the movie she is watching on the same screen.
How cool is that?
The system uses something called Parallax Barrier technology that alternately hides and reveals columns of pixels to the left and right hand views of the screen. Then they coat it with a specially designed agar film to help prevent the screen from bleaching in the sunlight.
To add to the coolness factor, an updated voice control system with enhanced voice recognition software lets the driver voice his commands to the computer. “Make it cooler in here, dammit!” “Play Misty for me!” “Find me a decent golf course!” You know, that kind of thing.
The screen still features all of the functionality of the “old” display, but the menus and graphics have been redesigned for more intuitive operation, which has also resulted in about a third fewer hard buttons clogging up the area around the display.
It occurs to us that if the driver doesn’t tell his passenger that the vehicle features dual-view technology, he can pretend he knows where he is going (even while looking at the nav screen) and she’ll think he’s just taking an occasional glance at the movie she is watching. Hmmmm.
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