Vehicles are always improving. Each year, the premium models are released with new technological advancements, but the shape and layout of the dashboard instruments stay virtually untouched since the Ford Model T. Newer luxury cars are sometimes equipped with „infotainment” systems based on a touch screen interface, but using this requires the driver to take their eyes off the road.
The aim of my thesis is to develop interfaces for a transparent display that can be built into the windshield of a vehicle, complying to various architectural and ergonomic requirements to make both the usage and the further extension of the software seamless. The simulation environment used for the testing and development was also part of the project, which helps users place themselves into the experience of driving.
I will describe the current state of this field and present the architecture of the software and the process of designing and developing the instruments, as well as the most challenging and interesting details of the development process.