Intel and Warner Bros. explore the potential for immersive entertainment in future autonomous vehicles

Intel predicts the coming 'Passenger Economy' will free more than 250 million hours of commuting time per year in the world’s most congested cities, leading to a total addressable market of $200 billion from rising consumer use of new in-vehicle applications and content

A BMW X5 outfitted by Intel and Warner Bros offers passengers a taste of whats to come in automotive entertainment in autonomous vehicles including an immersive comic book viewing experience.
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A BMW X5 outfitted by Intel and Warner Bros offers passengers a taste of whats to come in automotive entertainment in autonomous vehicles including an immersive comic book viewing experience.

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Intel and Warner Bros. demonstrated the potential for immersive entertainment in an autonomous driving world with a first-of-its-kind concept car at CES 2019.

Intel predicts the coming 'Passenger Economy' will free more than 250 million hours of commuting time per year in the world’s most congested cities. Intel also predicts a total addressable market of $200 billion from rising consumer use of new in-vehicle applications and content. As a result, both companies are investing in R&D to explore how consumers interact with new forms of entertainment within vehicles once they are uncoupled from the steering wheel.

Marcie Miller, automotive strategic marketing, Intel Corp., said: “The emergence of autonomous vehicles portends a major shift in how people use their time. The concept car shows how cars will become a new kind of space."

The concept car transports guests to Gotham City, home to DC’s most popular super hero, Batman. The interior of the Intel Warner Bros. autonomous vehicle, a retrofitted 2019 BMW X5, is equipped with advanced technology, a large-screen TV, projectors, mobile devices, sensory and haptic feedback, and immersive audio and lights to bring passengers on a virtual ride moderated by Batman’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Upon entering the vehicle, guests experience the future of in-cabin entertainment while becoming familiar with safety measures in place through five 'chapters'.

Chapter 1: Once passengers settle into the vehicle, the cabin is illuminated and Gotham City appears on the windows. Alfred delivers a welcome message and passengers begin their ride as Gotham City moves by on side windows.

Chapter 2: Guests are treated to new immersive entertainment content as they engage with a comic book reader that’s presented and narrated across the cabin. After experiencing Batman and Killer Croc interactions from around the vehicle, Alfred alerts guests to a road closure ahead. The interactions demonstrate how passengers may be notified of important route changes when their eyes and ears are off the road.

Chapter 3: Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) is Intel’s framework for helping autonomous vehicles operate in a more safe and trustworthy manner. RSS formalizes the human notions of safe driving into mathematical equations, helping provide verifiable safety assurance for autonomous vehicle decision-making. Within the cabin, Alfred and a dedicated RSS screen illustrate for guests how RSS helps keep a 360-degree safety monitoring zone around a vehicle.

Chapter 4: Intel and Warner Bros. demonstrate how passengers might decide on what movie to see next from the back seat of a car. Guests are provided an immersive entertainment experience with a Warner Bros.’ movie trailer, adapted for in-car 270-degree viewing. Guests are also shown how they might identify nearby theaters and purchase movie tickets from inside the car.

Chapter 5: Without a driver, autonomous vehicles will need to inform passengers of important information about their trip, such as where they have arrived and how to exit. In this final chapter, Alfred tells passengers they are arriving and instructs them how to safely depart.

Warner Bros. and Intel will gather real-world feedback from passengers through a series of test drives and pilots this year on the Warner Bros. Studio lot. Both companies believe consumer trust is critical for advancing autonomous vehicles. In order to create trust, autonomous vehicles must address a core set of interactions that engender confidence, control and a sense of safety. Intel is already helping address public trust by offering RSS to the broader automotive industry as a safety standard starting point. 

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