Will debut at CES
CES is the place for wild ideas, and Nissan has a few to contribute this year. Its technology concept will showcase how augmented reality can be implemented in cars, from helping drivers see around corners and behind buildings to projecting avatars of family or friends inside the cabin.
Nissan calls its concept “Invisible-to-Visible” (I2V) technology. It uses sensors inside and outside the vehicle to collect information on driving conditions. This is then merged with data from the cloud, which allows the technology to learn and store key information about roads for the benefit of others visiting the same area. Thus, the system will help drivers prepare for corners with poor visibility, poor road surfaces, or oncoming traffic. The system can also estimate travel times, and it’ll even tell you which lane you should choose to beat traffic. Of course, Nissan envisions a world where cars can drive in either manual or autonomous mode, so the concept technology includes self-parking capability.
Here is where things get a bit crazier. If it’s a rainy day and you would prefer to see the sun, the car can project a scenery of a sunny day inside the vehicle as long as the car is in autonomous mode. The technology can also create avatars of people, such as family or friends, to keep you company inside the car. Or a virtual car can be projected in front of yours to demonstrate the best way to drive on a particular road.
The sensors that enable I2V are part of Nissan’s Omni-Sensing technology, and additionally provide drivers key information about visibility, road signage, intersection status, and pedestrians. Meanwhile, the sensors inside the vehicle monitor the state of a car’s occupants to determine when they may need a coffee break or other assistance.
Last year at CES, Nissan showed off its “Brain-to-Vehicle” technology. When a driver wears a device to measure brain activity, the car can detect when he or she is about to do something and assist in that action.
This year’s CES runs from January 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.