Connected eyewear offers X-Ray vision to MINI drivers

Launching the eyewear at the Auto Shanghai, MINI highlighted the assets of its Augmented Vision project which includes:

  • Camera assisted X-Ray view:A virtual view through parts of the vehicle (such as A-pillars and doors) to eliminate blind spots;
  • Preselected destinations transferred to vehicle:Selecting destination points when outside the vehicle, then transferring them on start-up;
  • First mile/last mile journey display:Navigation display from the current location to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the final destination;
  • Heads-up display:Information on speed, speed limits etc. in the eyewear, with data always shown in same place above steering wheel, avoiding obstruction of the driver’s road view;
  • Navigation turn points 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:An icon is shown in the eyewear when a message is received and it can then be read out by the car’s audio system;
  • Augmented Parking:This helps parking by projecting images from an outside camera into the eyewear enhancing the driver’s judgement of distance.

Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology, 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.

“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.”

Design and colour-concept of the eyewear were created by Designworks.

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