Published on January 8th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


Audi at CES 2019: In-Car VR to Keep Passengers Entertained

Audi is redefining in-car entertainment at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In the future, backseat passengers will be able to experience movies, video games, and interactive content even more realistically using virtual reality glasses.

Apparently, this is not as bad an idea as it sounds. Motion sickness has been dealt with by adopting virtual content to the movements of a vehicle in real time: If the car drives through a right turn, the spaceship in the experience does the same, for example.

Audi is demonstrating the immersive futuristic technology with “Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run,” an in-car VR experience for backseat passengers. Wearing VR glasses, the passenger in an Audi e-tron  is transported into a fantastical depiction of outer space: The Audi e-tron now functions as the ship manned by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Every movement of the car is reflected in the experience in real time. If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi e-tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.

Looks like some parents will finally get what they want: children who are completely preoccupied in the backseat. I can’t be the only one to see how bleak this all is.

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