Mini to unveil augmented reality eyewear concept

Augmented Glasses overlay directional and safety information to driver’s field of vision

13 Apr 2015 by Ryan O'Hare

Car manufacturer Mini has revealed its plans to develop augmented reality eyewear which will help motorists drive safely on the roads. 

The concept, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show, AutoShanghai 2015, next week, uses augmented reality to overlay information about the environment to the driver’s vision, without distracting them from the road.

The ‘Augmented Vision’ glasses will include directional information, such as the location of available parking spots, as well as safety information such as speed limits and hazards.

The concept also includes an ‘X-ray’ view, overlaying images from external cameras which will give enable the wear to effectively see through parts of the vehicle, helping the driver to park in tight spots.

Project manager of Mini Augmented Vision, at BMW Group research and technology, Dr Jörg Preissinger, said: “[It] gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a Mini car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future.” 

He added: “We have created an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear with a characteristic Mini design that will revolutionise the experience both in and outside the vehicle.”

A promotional video shows Mini’s vision of the concept.

Image credit: Mini

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