Ford’s in-car theatre means a new kind of Netflix and chill

Forget the drive-in and home theatres; you could soon be looking at an in-car cinema with Ford working on a new technology that was leaked to the public this week.

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Kids have been able to watch movies from the back seats for quite some time, but according to a leaked document showing Ford’s patented technology, everyone may be able to watch movies from inside a self-driving car soon enough.

Images are projected onto a roll-down display on the front windscreen via a projector mounted to the ceiling of a car. Thankfully, the in-car cinema would only work while the vehicle is in full autonomous mode or not moving.

We guess the in-car cinema would include online streaming (Netflix and chill anyone?), television and video games. Imagine playing Gran Turismo while in a car – it gives new meaning to virtual reality.

The US car-maker told US magazine Car and Driver, “As a technology leader, we submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business. Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas but aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”

So maybe we won’t be able to watch in-car movies any time soon, but we’re still one idea better than the Jetsons.

 

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