Augmented reality invades the world of cars.. Safety and luxury


Day after day, the world of cars is witnessing the introduction of many technologies for the welfare and safety of the driver, and to enhance the driving experience of cars.

Among these modern technologies, Augmented Reality technology is now invading the automotive world to raise the factors of safety and comfort while driving.

Merging assumption with reality

This combines the virtual and real worlds to provide important driving data in an environment suitable for the driver, and enrich the data displayed on the Head up screen, but until now this system has not completely dispensed with the basic displays; All essential information must remain visible at all times and circumstances.

laser use

The company “Wayray” announced the enrichment of this technology by using a laser to display holographic images on the windshield of the car so that the screen is about ten times larger than it was in previous systems. In addition to the route, pedestrian, cyclist or traffic light areas can be displayed graphically and coloured.

The company explained that these animations organize their movements in the driver’s line of vision, based on a laser technology built into the floor of the car to provide an augmented reality experience that transmits red, green and blue light beams to the dashboard.

An optical system develops holograms and displays them on a special photopolymer layer in the windshield to show objects at a range of nearly infinite distances. The first cars equipped with this technology are expected to be on the market by 2025.

Not to be distracted

Pedro Ribeiro Monteiro, who is responsible for the multimedia system Mbux at Mercedes-Benz, explained that this technology aims primarily to not distract the driver; Where necessary information is displayed in the field of view such as the current speed, data of the navigation system, information of assistance systems or speed limits, as well as the names of callers, streets or radio stations.

And the Mercedes system still requires a lot of space, which is more available in the S-Class than, for example, in the A-Class. Therefore, future systems must be smaller in size while at the same time offering a larger picture and additional functions that support the driver in his task. Montero added that the wide image will help when cornering, but it is also possible to visualize the display on the side windows, in reference to motorized cars.

Stereoscopic pictures of the side window

The developers of “Way Ray” also see the possibility of holographic images of the side window containing information and content, based on the possibility of converting any transparent surface into a display for augmented reality.

Volkswagen has already integrated the AR-HuD system into the compact car segment as part of the equipment for electric models such as the ID.3 and ID.4.

Increase comfort and safety

Alexander Koons, a specialist in augmented reality systems at Volkswagen, explained that this technology increases the comfort and safety of driving by reducing the cognitive effort to interpret the displayed information; Because the important information actually appears in the working environment of the driver.

Instructions for navigation, distance or lane-keeping are displayed only when needed – visually at a distance of what appears to be ten metres. Below is a display bar containing static information that appears to be three meters away. However, car developers will not be able to dispense with the support of basic displays; All essential information such as warning lights and function lights must be available at all times.

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