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The tried-and-true needle and dial dash has been a staple of the modern automobile, and aside from a brief stint in the '80s when digital gauges were a popular (if not entirely reliable) option, not much has changed in the dash department. Recognizing that another revolution is on the horizon, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are developing a 3D dashboard to show drivers where the vehicle is in relation to its surroundings.

Best of all, no funny red and blue glasses will be required for the technology to work since it's generated by a slew of cameras that track the position of the driver's eyes. Other tidbits of information can be specified by the pilot, including a fuel gauge, speedometer, tire pressure warning or the title of the song currently playing. Early prototypes are scheduled to be displayed at next month's CeBIT convention.

[Source: Fraunhofer Institute via Engadget]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This will be a great driving companion to help people focus more on the road......
      • 6 Years Ago
      We need to stop wasting time with this gimmicky stuff and get to the flying cars already.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, that's my view too. If you're here often you'd realize that I always ask for the flying car too...

        Still no sign...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah....makes me think of a development board room joke by Jim Gaffigan. "Hey, I got a idea. How bout we make your nav 3D?"

      I have the best idea in the world. Let's keep nav 2D and you just look out the damn windshield. That is about as real as it gets. Fraunhofer, you dumbasses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...developing a 3D dashboard to show drivers where the vehicle is in relation to its surroundings."

      Why can't you just look out the windshield to see where you are in relation to your surroundings. This article is a waste of pixels on my screen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Worst. Idea. Ever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fraunhofer Institute/Society developed and patened the MP3 format so they know what they're doing.

      I think the idea o 3D dashboard is great. We drive cars that can park themselves but we still look at primitive 2D dash. It's like buyin a PlayStation 3 to play Manic Miner. 3D is easier to read even with more information displayed at the same time. Why? Because the world is 3D and our eyes are used to that.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Well put, great comment