Thursday, January 14, 2010

The foldable display concept explained

Thought i will explain a bit more on the fold able display concept with couple more pictures.
The display concept consists of a display gloves, extender stem (fold able ) and the display

The fold able display consists is stored at the display glove which is between the front seats when the display is not used or the back seats are folded. This keeps the display safe when you are carrying stiff with seats folded.

when you need them, they need to take out and moved to a position comfortable for the user. once done the user can move the display back to the glove.

When combining with the personal zone concept, the display can be used in below modes.

1) Folded/not in use
2) Unfolded independent
3) Unfolded Combined mode H
4) Unfolded Combined mode U
5) Unfolded Combined mode E
6) Unfolded Combined mode I

H means Horizontal combined
U means UP down combined
E means Extended screen mode
I means Independent screen mode

A picture do better than 1000 words ( true ? Pic follows ). Click on the picture to see details.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Foldable displays and Perzonal zones for car

I was going through the GMC granite design and found its nice to have 2 more additions

1) Fold-able displays for back seat.

Example is 2 display screens which are fold-able on on the sides of storage space between the front seats. This will help to have person sitting on back to have there on display screens and it does not harm when the seats are folded to cargo purposes. The backside of the storage space can have interfaces for the devices to connect ( ex: HDMI ) and power outlets

At some time when a big screen is need the screens can be place in a way so that they will act as a single screen which allows people to watch big screen stuff.

A more details explination of the concepts is at

Personal Zone concept :

This concept is an extension of the dual zone. With this concept all 4 seats in a car get one personal zone each. A personal zone consists of a multi touch display, and HDMI port to connect , A smart phone connector , a Bluetooth connection to a head set, HVOC controls ( software ) and setting etc. The car can have 2 personal zones at back and this can be extended to one front seat also without personal display ( he can use the centre console and share with driver as a display can distract the driver ). Other than the display all other comforts can be extended to the front seats. So every one can listen to the music they want and use the apps they like and have the HVOC setting they want without disturbing the other. Same time they should be able to use
the display as one and can watch/ use bigs creen. From every zone the people should be able to access the installed apps and control HVOC and other comforts.

Technically this is very feasible as new operating systems like Android/linux find place in the car systems.

I would like to keep the rights of personal zone idea ;-) as i didn't find this in any concepts/cars.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Ford sync, Kia UVO,Is it only micorsoft way ?

Recent head lines where Ford sync and Kia UVO. Microsoft finds its way to cars but not saying its name. I was looking on old joke


At a recent computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon." In response to Bill's comments/General Motors issued a press release stating the following: "If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally, your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would accept this, restart, and drive on.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart;
in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought 'Car95' or 'CarNT.' Then you would have to buy
more seats.

6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was more reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

7. The oil, water, temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single 'general car fault' warning light.

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same butt size.

9. The airbag system would say 'Are you sure?' before going off.

10. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50 per cent or more.

12. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

13. You'd press the 'Start' button to shut off the engine.

Jokes apart, Now Microsoft is in Car software. But wonder what GM and others left with

Google : Android and Chrome OS (base Linux but apps and top abstractions varies )

This should be a good option for a car company to approach Google and get the Android or chrome OS ported to car so that they can add new car apps and make app stores also

I was reading already a company called Continental announces Android-based Autolinq for cars.

Nokia : There are also 2 operating systems : Maemo and Symbian - the problem with both are they are not eye catchers.

Apple : A port of iPhone OS /Mac OS : Its again great and proved it can do the purpose and with apple multi touch patents and interface design it can make clean way to premium cars ( apple means premium )

Embedded Linux : Any distribution : can be done but again but in a marketing point of view, its better to use names like Android as all are Linux

The BSDs : They are kool and stable but getting attention is a big problem as these systems and developing app infrastructure will take more effort.

I am sure one or more of these are going to make its way to new vehicles. I really think Android/Chrome OS may be the best for a Chevy as people can write applications and add a lot value (specially trucks ).

As a joke GMC may choose Chrome OS in a denali version as it can have Chorme inside out ;-)

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ecomodder + kits idea

Couple of good one men shows before corporates chip in. Corporates still have a problem in thinking out of the box because they can't make money but couple of people don't worry on loosing the money.

The below video requires a bit of appreciation as i see its a good effort.

Lets congratulate them :-)

Boat tails, Wheel skirts and more. I think its a nice idea to have aero kits from the corporate itself and they can make money making designs and offer aero kits so that interested can purchase ( safe game still room for imporvement ).

example its a nice imagination for a 2010 Equinox to come with

1) Optional Front aero kit
2) Optional Aero tail kit
3) Optional wheel skirts

and these kits should be on order production and dealer fitted. They should be configurable on a dealer order or a internet configuration wizard.

This can be a better fit for small cars/crossovers also ( like expected orlando ).

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Friday, January 1, 2010

More inspirations on the way

Found a couple more inspirations

1984 Chevrolet Citation IV

Ford probe IV and V

GM Precept

Seems it now time for govt to act. They have to follow/make similar model of japan on defining a class of cars where which gets insurance and tax breaks ( like kei cars ) so that companies can come forward, make business cases and design and sell new products !!

Its not because companies has ideas to innovate but its only because govt is not allowing them to go out of the box solutions and gives opportunity to sell them them.

My ideas on the new class definition is like for a start they should come up with parameters like

Min: 80 mpg ( from regeneration and optimizations - no external alternative energy supply )
4 wheeler ( 2 - 4 seats )
should pass min crash test ratings ( ex: 3 stars for frontal, side, rollover etc )
etc etc.

For plug-in rules should be different and the standards should be moving , like 120mpg on 2015 .. and must plugin-features and safety features.

this makes more people buy commuter cars which are very effective and takes less to maintain + develops new ways to find solutions for problems apart from electrification and allows use of other technologies like aerodynamics,regenerations etc to be in practice.

For GM Precept its nice to have visit on :
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