Posted By Simon Montford on May 6, 2015
It looks like Mini's decided to join the silly face fashion brigade with the launch of a prototype pair of augmented reality glasses that enable the driver to see through a vehicle's interior. The technology is undoubtedly groundbreaking, and has the potential to make driving safer, but with driverless cars on the horizon, will this be a still-born technology by the time it becomes commercially available?
The glasses feed real-time video directly to the headset via several cameras that are mounted around the vehicle's exterior. The images, when overlaid onto the car's interior, allow the driver to have a full 360 degree unobscured view of what's going on immediately outside the vehicle. The glasses can also be used to project important information directly into the driver's field of vision, avoiding the need to look away from the road to check speed, or direction.
Although augmented reality has huge potential, the appearance of the face-mounted wearable technology that comes with it, remains a huge barrier to adoption. Mini's effort is unfortunately no exception. Like Google's Glass, and Sony's Smart Glasses, they look completely ridiculous!
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