BMW Mini has revealed their own take on augmented reality glasses with a concept prototype called ‘Mini Augmented Vision’.
Developed in collaboration with several Qualcomm companies, the prototype uses see-through technology to augment the driver’s field of vision with destination points, speed, speed limits, and SMSes.
The glasses also offer augmented parking, which facilitates parking by projecting images from a camera housed in the far side mirror onto the eye wear.
“The main advantage of this “see-through technology” is that drivers don’t have to take their eyes off the road: The glasses superimpose relevant data on the reality of the road – but, unlike other data eyewear, always remain transparent.” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member in charge of the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands in a press statement.
“The most ground-breaking feature is the x-ray view, which makes the side panel of the car appear transparent. The Augmented Vision technology provides a virtual view through parts of the vehicle, meaning the end of tricky blind spots when turning a corner.” Schwarzenbauer added.