BMW Mini has unveiled its Mini Augmented Vision AR platform with ‘see-through technology’ which displays information in the driver's direct field of vision while driving. The Mini eyewear shows data such as transport speeds and speed limits in the field of view above the steering wheel to ensure other road users are not concealed.
The AR bit comes from contact-analogue navigation arrows on the road, as well as from display of points of interest - like free parking spaces - along the route. Augmented parking is enabled by projecting the images from a camera housed in the far-side mirror into the eyewear. BMW says a virtual view through parts of the vehicle such as A-pillars and doors renders external areas or objects concealed by the car visible.
"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," says Dr Jörg Preißinger, project-manager Mini Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology.