Google Glass may have failed at becoming a reality but Augmented Reality (AR) devices haven't lost the battle yet. A few companies are still investing in the technology and BMW is one of them.
The automaker unveiled MINI Augmented Vision recently, a pair of smart eyeglasses which are powered by MINI Connected. The project is aimed at "fusing mobility/automotive applications with the driver-centric MINI lifestyle".
BMW made the announcement through its MINI website in a press release last week. Check out what the glasses look like...
MINI Augmented Vision comes in different color trims and features an innovative see-through display. Similar to MINI's Head-Up display technology, important driving information is overlaid directly in front of the driver. This information appears in the glasses just above the steering wheel while never impacting the driver's line of sight.
Different information like safety alerts, navigation instructions, and additional convenience functions is displayed along with a 360-degree field of vision. The technology works in sync with the MINI Connected infotainment platform.
According to the press release, the following functions can be projected onto the MINI Augmented Vision...
This technology is only a prototype at the moment and is expected to undergo testing in the coming years. BMW is also expected to display its product at various Auto Shows around the globe. Whether the MINI Augmented Vision will ever develop as an end-user product remains to be seen. The technology seems a few years away from reality.
You can read the entire press release on the MINI USA website where a couple of demo videos are also included.
Source: BMW via MINI USA