Technology with patents
How it works is a trade secret. Yet Carsten Busse and his employees Karsten Rowold, head of the Future Development team, and team member Michael Hirsch, are willing to reveal a couple of details: “We create a floating image using software algorithms and visual technology modules The system independently recognizes the user’s operating wishes and implements them – creating an intuitive and natural-feeling control function,” explains Carsten Busse, adding: “It is our own, patented technology.”
Floating volume controller – flying playlists
Holography is a technology that every user can master within a matter of seconds after just a few hand motions. Holograms are, after all – at least when they are so well implemented as in the Golf GTI Aurora – intuitive to operate. Humans see and live in three dimensions and thus know how to deal with the projected 3D controls. This quickly brings about an interaction that feels very natural. It’s a big contrast to the simple pressing of buttons shown on a display.
Even when it comes to the interior design concepts of the future, holography opens up new possibilities for developers and designers. “The hologram is there when I need it. And when I don’t need it, I can use that space,” explains Carsten Busse. The technology can therefore result in a very tidy interior – or the designers can use the hardware to project design elements that customize the interior space.
Interaction through holography
“The whole automotive industry is feverishly considering the question of what people will do with their free time in self-driving cars. As developers, we provide the technological framework with many possible applications.” In contrast to mobile phones and tablets, which most passengers look at during the drive nowadays, the hologram is a technology that brings people together. “With the cell phone, we talk about a point-to-point connection,” explains Karsten Rowold. “Our hologram technology, by contrast, offers more opportunities for interaction. I can interact with real-looking holograms and also communicate with my passengers through them. And all that without 3D glasses and in open space.”