TransportTrends reports on a patent Microsoft recently filed for a new, virtual-reality navigation technology that won't require drivers to take their eyes off the road. The system would project (on a vehicle's windshield) the image of cartoon "lead car," fed by information gleaned from a satellite nav system. The driver would then "follow" the avatar's lead to a requested destination. We have no clue how close Gates and Co. are to making something like this a reality, but we do know it'll either completely redefine the sat-nav industry or be the most assinine digital flop since Gazoontight.com [or Microsoft Bob — thanks Chris!].
Microsoft files for Phantom Car Patent [internal]
Pioneer Offers Aftermarket Navigation System With Live Traffic Updates [internal]