AIDA 2.0 provides a glimpse at our distracted future – Click above to watch video after the jump

If the idea of someone playing with their phone while driving sounds distracting, then wait until you see the latest navigation concept from MIT and Volkswagen. Called the AIDA Project, this technology joint venture between MIT's SENSEable City Lab and VW stands for Affective, Intelligent Driving Agent.

Using a series of 3D projectors, a large map would take up residence in the unused space on top of the dashboard. Route guidance, destination information, infotainment options and a host of other features would all be controlled via hand gestures that are sensed by the AIDA 2.0 system.

This makes for very cool-looking tech, but we have to think Ray LaHood would plotz if this ever becomes reality. Also, we think the city of Boston may be virtual in the video demonstration due to the lack of middle fingers being tossed around as if they were Dunkin Donuts Munchkins. Check out AIDA 2.0 by clicking past the jump.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      A distraction to drivers
      Ferris Macau
      • 3 Years Ago
      MF'er almsot rammed the XC70 LOL
      hans moleman
      • 3 Years Ago
      if they think this is a good idea, they might as well replace the windshield with a 3D LCD TV and make the driver wear 3d glasses.
      Olsparkee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope that there are an even number of people on the AIDA project. I suggest that they pair off and begin alternately slapping each other for even considering this nonsense.
      Olsparkee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Distracting much? I looked at the picture for two seconds and crashed my computer. I shudder to think how a car would be. They might as well just display Jersey Shore on the windshield.
      789dm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Messy too much clutter I prefer one big line on the real road and u have to do is just follow that huge line on the road.keep it simple
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, that GoSmart thing is nothing compared to the amount of distraction this sucker would create. Even though I rely on FB, texting, and other social networks on many of my day-to-day duties, I still don't understand the need for putting that crap in cars. In a day and age where our phones do pretty much everything, the only two things I want my car to interact with my phone for is to stream audio/speaker phone and charge it. THAT'S IT. It's only a matter of time before our dashes are replaced with a screen for posting comments on a complete stranger's Instagram post (or whatever network happens to be popular next week)
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Exactly, and when you go to sell the car in 5 to 10 years, it's resale value takes a hit from all of the obsolete junk that doesn't work.
      Demos Philippou
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks awesome, behaves smoothly.. but it's distracting. like OMG it's distracting, i found myself worried as i was looking at the nice 3D maps and not paying any attention to the car in front pulling to a halt. this would make life more complicated. awesome concept, happy that it's being made as I appreciate new technologies and their implementations but I don't believe it's ever going to leave the MIT labs.
        Shinkaze
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Demos Philippou
        I found myself looking at the party notification, looked up and saw tail lights and realized the driver had stopped the car while I was entranced by the interface. This would only make sense in a world where cars drive themselves and the only interesting thing about you is what you're supposed to be doing next (attending parties, buying cheap lobster, etc).......If I were traped in this car, I would be preparing to make a "Logan's Run" out of that future-hell.
      Shinkaze
      • 3 Years Ago
      STOP ADVERTISING TO ME!!!!!!!!! I swear to god if my next car has groupons popping up I'll take a hammer to the dash. I can see the executive team now "Let's give the car away for free then pump advertising messages and subliminal advertising in over the speakers. We'll make more money on Lead gen than we would selling the car! Who cares if we turn our customers into mind-controlled Zombies. heck, when the maintenance becomes too much to bear ont he car we'll subliminally tell them to buy another Volkswagen!" ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
      Fabien Heitz
      • 3 Years Ago
      That seems really distracting to drive around with. However, it's certainly novel and a great piece of technology!
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let the dumbing down continue. I seriously don't understand the appeal of this kind of crap!! Like others have said, it's just one more distraction.