Ford Motor Co. recently earned a patent for tech that would allow passengers to watch movies from the windshield of their car – the tech is being referred to as a so-called, “Autonomous Vehicle Entertainment System.”
The system, according to the patent’s abstract, involves a screen that covers the windshield and a projector that drops from the vehicle’s headliner. These vanish back into their resting places when not in use.
Ford’s diagram of the system that accompanied the patent application, shows the front seats removed for viewing.
“The entertainment system controller presents media content on a first display while the vehicle is operating in the autonomous mode and on a second display when the vehicle is operating in a non-autonomous mode,” states the patent abstract.
That means a second screen can be used for rear seat passengers when a person is driving.
“Our priority is in making the first Ford autonomous vehicle accessible to the masses and truly enhancing customers’ lives,” Ford CEO Mark Fields told Forbes magazine.
Ford received a patent for the technology in early March.