Have you ever wondered how technology like Google Glass would work while driving a car? Designworks, a BMW subsidiary, and several Qualcomm companies have come together to create MINI Augmented Vision, CNN reports.
MINI Augmented Vision is a driving goggle that intelligently connects a MINI car and eyewear, into which relevant content is projected in front of the driver’s eye, Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager of MINI Augmented Vision, said in a press release.
Some of its features include the ability to display step-by-step directions, speed limits, and even navigation arrows “on” the road. MINI Augmented Vision is also capable of providing X-ray views. It lets you look through the vehicle’s doors and pillars to see external areas or objects that are concealed by the car. There are many more features like augmented parking, messaging, and destination entry for navigation and transfer to vehicle.
But these goggles are not just meant for driving. Dr. Jörg Preißinger explains that it is an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear that revolutionizes the experience both in and outside the vehicle.
Although BMW MINI does not reveal much about how the goggles can be used outside the car, it shows an image of a man in an art gallery, hinting that extra features could be unlocked together with using a smartphone, the DailyMail noted.
The main function of MINI Augmented Vision is not only to integrate smartglasses with cars, but also to improve driving safety and navigation, according to psfk.
BMW plans to unveil MINI Augmented Vision at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. While the goggles may have the vintage aviator look that is reminiscent of racing goggles, it is far from that. “It is a compelling example of what’s possible today, and what we can expect in the future,” stated Jay Wright, VP of Qualcomm Connected Experiences.
Top photo courtesy of MINI