Believe it or not, augmented reality is the next big thing and automobiles won't be untouched by its wave. What is augmented reality? Well, anything that's physically not present, but can be seen through special devices like Oculus Rift glasses is basically augmented reality. And why are we discussing it here? Because, Mini, the cute looking hatchback manufacturer has shown a prototype of the same.
Mini, the BMW group owned manufacturer has developed a prototype for an augmented reality system to be showcased at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. Developed in collaboration with Qualcomm technologies, the technology is loosely based in the much hyped Oculus Rift. A goggle worn by driver makes everything look like a video game.
While many of its features are like a contemporary HUD screen display, if video is to be taken into reality, the driver will be able to operate everything virtually. "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," explains Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology.
"Working with several Qualcomm companies, we have created an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear with a characteristic MINI design that revolutionise the experience both in and outside the vehicle. This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand's trademark sense of lifestyle," he added.
Other features include floating arrows that tell you navigation indications like turns and distances. Or the coolest feature like an X-ray view that lets you see outside car's doors and pillars. Also, the person could scan through various advertisements and other tickets to find the exact data. The glasses though look goofy, the tech is somewhat that could change the way we drive.
We don't know if this tech will be as cool as it looks in the video embedded above, but it certainly is a noble and futuristic idea!