Nissan Tests AR 5G Linked Tech

Nissan is conducting off-road testing of augmented reality (AR) technology, employing 5G connectivity, to provide imagery to vehicles that cannot normally be seen.

The Japanese carmaker has teamed up with NTT Docomo to field test its Invisible-to-Visible technology on a moving vehicle, using the latter’s 5G connectivity equipment installed on Nissan’s NV350 Caravan test mule. The technology, first seen at the CES trade show in Las Vegas this year, is being tested at Nissan’s Grandrive proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan.

The Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V, claims to be able to merge the real and virtual worlds. It combines information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud to reveal obstacles farther down the road, behind a building or around the corner. In a future IoT world, this will include any moving object with full connectivity.

Nissan says I2V can also connect drivers and passengers to the “Metaverse”, a virtual world where people can interact through avatars. Family, friends or others in a remote location can appear inside the car as three-dimensional, AR avatars to provide company or assistance.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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