CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) is becoming an ever more important hub of car tech. More important even than traditional motor shows in some cases. The latest automotive revelation bound for next week’s CES 2019 comes from Nissan, with tech that can help drivers ‘see the invisible’.
The new ‘Invisible to Visible’ tech is a technology that may appear on future cars, merging real and virtual to create a better view than ever for drivers.
How does it work?
The system merges data from sensors on the inside and outside of the vehicle with online data. This provides a cumulative picture of what’s up ahead, even what might be coming around from the other side of a building.
Guidance on what’s coming up then appears in what Nissan calls an ‘interactive, human-like way’ via anime avatars that appear inside the car. Yes, really… I2V, as Nissan shortens it, ‘opens up endless possibilities for service and communication – making driving more convenient, comfortable and exciting’.
I2V isn’t just an out and out safety feature either. It can be used to make you feel better on a gloomy rainy day, projecting scenery of a sunny day instead.
You can even ‘book a professional driver from what Nissan calls the ‘Metaverse’. He or she can appear alongside as an avatar and give you instruction.
Needless to say, this technology will have features catered to both manual and autonomous driving.
Effectively, I2V is a fully connected, fully integrated head-up display-replacing augmented reality system – not unlike Microsoft’s Hololens. Imagine the most sophisticated satellite navigation combined with the most sophisticated in-car AI, fed through augmented reality.
How soon will we get it?
Soon is not a word we’d use to describe how long this technology is going to take to be in production. Nevertheless, with autonomous motoring looming and manufacturers exploring different ways of getting more and more information to drivers, it’s possibly less far-out than we might think.
Visitors to CES can experience the system on Nissan’s stand using augmented-reality goggles and a demonstration cockpit.