BMW's Mini AR Glasses: Here Comes A Breakthrough Interface Between Eyewear and Automobile

By Akansha Srivastava

    Have you heard about the "Mini Augmented Vision by BMW? Well, if no, then it's time to know about this super device.

    BMW's Stylish Mini Augmented Reality Vision Glasses in Pictures!

    Mini Augmented Vision is a revolutionary display concept offering enhanced comfort and safety.

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    Using see-through technology, the AR eyewear shows relevant information in the driver's direct field of vision but without concealing other road users, thereby serving to increase safety and comfort while driving.

    Take a look at the designer concept below.

    Destination entry for navigation and transfer to vehicle

    Selecting destination points when outside the vehicle, then transferring them to the vehicle.

    First Mile / Last Mile

    Navigation display from the current location to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the final destination.

    Head-up display functions

    Display of speed, speed limits etc. in the eyewear so the information is in the driver's primary field of view, with data always shown in same place above steering wheel to make sure that no road users are concealed from sight.

    Contact-analogue navigation 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. The driver´s attention can always stay focused on the traffic.

    Messaging

    A small icon is shown in the eyewear when a message is received. The SMS/message can then be read out by the car while driving for safety.

    X-Ray View / transparent vehicle parts

    A virtual view through parts of the vehicle (such as A-pillars and doors) serves to render external areas or objects concealed by the car visible.

    Augmented Parking

    This facilitates parking by projecting the images from a camera housed in the (farside) mirror into the eyewear. In this way, the distance from the curb can be clearly and easily ascertained.

    Courtesy Qualcomm

    Mini Augmented Vision has been developed in collaboration with several Qualcomm companies.

    Breakthrough augmented reality interface:

    "This concept has not been seen before between eyewear and the automobile," says Jay Wright, Vice President, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc.

    He Adds

    "MINI Augmented Vision offers a compelling example of what's possible today, and what we can expect in the future."

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