Because Autostadt welcomes about 2 million visitors annually, its visualization technology needs to be of the highest quality and reliability, running 12 hours a day on 52 weeks. As the strongest capability of Barco’s systems proved to be creating stable, vivid images free of disturbances, it was a match made in heaven. Barco’s visualization technology is strewn throughout the entire complex, from pavilions to educational areas, from cinemas to custom-built entertainment rooms.
Barco systems at Autostadt include well over twenty-five powerful high-brightness projectors. Highlights of the installation are the three three-chip DLP, SXGA+ RLM R6+ projectors at the ‘MobiVersum’, a time- and car-themed edutainment area where children learn the importance of relaxing in today’s fast-paced society through several movies and workshops, and a 360° dome cinema with nine three-chip DLP, SXGA+ SLM R12 projectors.
Autostadt’s most remarkable attraction, however, is the ‘MobiGlobe,’ a simulated interior of an enormous car, where each car window is a gargantuan, tailor-made 25mm thick movie screen powered by an SLM R12 projector, whose image is reflected back on the screen through a mirror, to decrease the system’s footprint and optimize its use of space. Visitors are taken on a journey through the history of mobility in four distinct places – Bangkok, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Zürich – to demonstrate each culture’s different attitudes, uses and perceptions of automobiles as a central element in modern life.