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Ford’s Latest Idea Is Simultaneously Awesome and Terrifying

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Robert Cianflone—Getty Images A general view of the Ford logo ahead of the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 at Adelaide Street Circuit on February 26, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.

Welcome to the future

Like it or not, driverless cars are just around the corner. And once our vehicles don’t need our constant attention, they can be redesigned in radical ways.

Case in point: Ford’s latest patent, which calls for putting a projector-based home theater setup inside a car.

The idea works like this, per Gizmodo: With a car in autonomous driving mode, passengers could activate a screen that rolls down in front of the windshield. Then, a projector between the front headrests beams video footage onto that display.

Ford’s idea makes some sense. After all, if you no longer need to keep your eyes on the road, they’re free to binge-watch the new season of House of Cards while you’re on the way to work. Still, as with all patents, there’s no guarantee this one will ever see the light of day.




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