FUTURE AR-EYEWEAR: Mini's Augmented Vision offers a revolutionary head-up display for your vehicle, allowing to set the satnav from outside and even allow you to see "through" doors.Image: Mini
MUNICH, Germany - Mini will reveal its take on Google Glass at the 2015 Auto Shanghai show, called Augmented Vision (AV).
Using transparent-lens technology, the AR eyewear shows, the automaker says, “relevant information in the driver’s direct field of vision but without concealing other road users, serving to increase safety and comfort while driving”.
Mini says its new eyewear is a breakthrough in augmented reality interface for vehicles.
LINKING YOU TO YOUR CAR
Mini Augmented Vision project manager, Dr Jorg Preißinger, said: “Mini Augmented Vision gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a Mini car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future.
“This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand’s trademark sense of lifestyle.”
HOW IT WORKS
Mini’s AV offers the following:
• Satnav entry and transfer to vehicle: Drivers can select destinations outside of their Mini and transfer coordinates to vehicle.
• First mile/last mile: Satnav display from the current location to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the final destination.
• Heads-up display: AV can display speed and speed limits in the eyewear so the information is in the driver’s field of view. Mini says: “Data always shown in same place above steering wheel will ensure no road users are concealed from sight”.
• Contact-analogue satnav and points of interest: Reality is enhanced by contact-analogue navigation arrows “on” the road, as well as display of points of interest along the route, such as open parking spaces.
• Messaging: A small icon is shown in the eyewear when a message is received. The SMS/message can then be read out by the car.
• X-Ray View/transparent vehicle parts: A virtual view through parts of the vehicle (such as A-pillars and doors) serves to render external areas or objects concealed by the car visible.
• Augmented parking: Facilitates parking by projecting images from a camera housed in vehicle to the eyewear. In this way, the distance from the curb can be easily ascertained.