Batman And Self Driving Cars, Together At Last

Batman And Self Driving Cars, Together At Last
Image: Intel

It stands to reason that autonomous vehicles would be a huge part of CES 2019. But I sure wasn’t expecting Batman to be thrown into the mix.

Intel and Warner Bros. have partnered up to demonstrate what in-car entertainment might look like in a future where self-driving cars are the norm.

For this demo a 2019 BMW X5 has been retrofitted with a large screen TV, projectors and mobile devices. It’s also been kitted out with haptic feedback, audio and lights to take passengers on a virtual ride through Gotham City.

Narrated by everyone’s favourite comic butler, Alfred Pennyworth, you get to experience the possible future of in-car entertainment.

But it isn’t all about passing the time.

The demo also shows how content can be paused automatically so riders can be notified of important trip information, such as route changes.

It also delves into some of the necessary safety features that could help make autonomous driving a viable reality in the not-so-distant future.

It’s just a prototype, but a really fun one.

Of course, we’ll probably be waiting awhile for any large scale rollout of autonomous vehicles in in Australia There are still over 700 laws currently standing in the way of driverless technology.

But hey, a girl can dream.

The author travelled to CES 2019 as a guest of Samsung and Dell.