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Forget self-driving cars and say hello to augmented reality driving. The international automotive supplier continental has given first look at the head-up display for its augmented reality technology. This will show information right on the road ahead at the right angle to the user. It will be a less distracting way of displaying information as compared to the windshield. This will be the car of the future – cleaner and smarter than ever before.
The Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD) prototype will display your current speed, distance to the front car, directions on turning, latest driving conditions overlaying on the road ahead where it is most suitable to the driver.
What is the magic behind this new augmented reality? First of all, the system creates a model of the driver’s external view of the car. The vehicle constructs the model through data drawn from its camera and radar. This data is combined with the vehicle’s dynamics data, digital maps and GPS positioning to correct the visual points of the driver.
The visuals are high definition with full-color graphics in a 51 inch wide by 23 inch high section of the driver’s field of vision at an optical-equivalent distance of 24 ft. Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) technology, similar to the digital cinema devices, has been employed for the visuals.
GPS navigation symbols are placed in the forward field of view for the benefit of driver so that he does not take his eyes off the road. The vehicle is also incorporated with lane-monitoring alert to keep the vehicle in its own line using distance controls such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which should be enabled for the function to work.
Unlike other racing vehicles which use specific race track telemetry for driving data, the continental AR-HUD uses on-board electronics.
The vehicle is already in an advanced stage of development and a production ready design will be available in 2017.