When I’m riding in a plane I love to see those little LCD’s in the seat that show you exactly where the plane is at as it follows it’s flight path, and just how much further we have to go. So it makes sense to me that kids would appreciate that as well, not to mention the chance that it might cut down on some of the repeated questions regarding our ETA.
For this device, Popular Mechanics got a look inside the test facility for Volkswagen to see what kinds of things they were working on. This particular gadget is a child navigation system which has an LCD screen that shows the child a simple form of the planned route from the car’s GPS. It also shows descriptions of scenes along the route and a “time worm” that “eats” away the route as you go, giving a graphical representation of how much of the trip is left to be “eaten”. Games and in-seat exercises would also be provided through the system to try to help make longer trips a little more bearable for everyone.