Is Redmond engineering a heads up display for automobiles?
They’ve been in airplane cockpits, feeding airspeed and other data directly to pilots since the early 70s. The 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme became the first production car with one, but sadly, the innovation never really caught on until now … maybe.
According to patent filings, Microsoft is developing what it calls an “adaptive heads-up user interface for automobiles.” And, in addition to supplying a driver with speed, rpm, GPS and other vehicle information directly onto the windshield, Microsoft wants to also incorporate data from other devices and still keep a driver’s eyes where they belong while still managing to conduct other business as well. So, in the future, we may be able to have true hands free operation of cellphones PDAs laptops, and even media devices all while driving from point A to point B.
Redmond is also planning to incorporate “ad” space in the interface, which will surely kill the innovation altogether.
Still, widespread use of heads up displays in automobiles is something that’s been long overdue.