There are few TV-watching households that havent, at one time or another, experienced the dreaded battle of the remote control. In cars, too, the driver and front-seat passenger often want to view different things on the same screen -- vital satellite navigation information and a pointless TV shopping channel, for example.
Now Daimler and Robert Bosch have come up with a solution that allows the driver and front-seat passenger to simultaneously view different images -- on just one monitor.
Marketed by co-developers Mercedes and Bosch as Splitview, the high-tech screen will go in the Mercedes-Benz S class later this year. The system pulls off its seemingly miraculous trick by placing pixels connected to different sources, directly next to each other.
A filter masking the display divides this mixed image in a way which ensures that, depending on the seating position, only the pixels making up one or other image can be seen.
The driver still has access to all the information from the control and display system, while the passenger uses the remote control to choose from entertainment options. Surely a recipe for long-distance journey harmony.