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The Backseat Experience of the Future
May 31, 2012

The days of simply looking out the window during long car trips soon may be a thing of the past.

General Motors has been working with students at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel to "conceptualize new ways to help rear-seat passengers have a richer experience on the road."

As part of the Windows of Opportunity Project, the team applied existing technology to develop touch-sensitive and gesture-sensitive rear windows that double as entertainment and information systems.

According to a press release on the project, the four apps include:

  • Otto, an animated character projected over passing scenery that responds to real-time car performance, weather, and landscape. With Otto, passengers can learn about their environment in fun, playful ways.
  • Foofu, which allows passengers to create and explore by drawing on the window with their fingers.
  • Spindow, a social media-like app that connects riders with others passengers around the globe in real time.
  • Pond, an app that allows passengers to stream and share music with other cars on the road, download favorite tracks, and share messages with other passengers on the road.

Watch the video of these amazing windows.