BMW: con­nect­ing via eye wear

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - EMILY PRICE

MINI USA has re­leased its Aug­mented Vi­sion, which is smart glasses that project in­for­ma­tion in front of you rel­e­vant to your drive. In­for­ma­tion ap­pears in your field of vi­sion, but in such a way that it doesn’t ob­struct your view of the road.

BMW showed off a work­ing pro­to­type of the glasses ear­lier this month at the Shang­hai Auto Show. “Mini Aug­mented Vi­sion gives an in­sight into how in­tel­li­gent con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween a Mini car and eye wear into which rel­e­vant con­tent is pro­jected, might work in the fu­ture,” said Dr Jörg Preibinger, project-manager of Mini Aug­mented Vi­sion, BMW Group re­search and tech­nol­ogy.

“Work­ing with sev­eral Qual­comm com­pa­nies, we have cre­ated an in­ter­linked sys­tem and aug­mented re­al­ity eye wear with a char­ac­ter­is­tic Mini de­sign that rev­o­lu­tionises the ex­pe­ri­ence both in and out­side the ve­hi­cle.”

A lit­tle dif­fer­ent than the aug­mented re­al­ity Mi­crosoft is of­fer­ing with its up­com­ing HoloLens, in their cur­rent form the glasses have the abil­ity to per­form quite a few of the same func­tions you might ex­pect from a con­ven­tional heads-up dis­play in your ve­hi­cle.

You can view di­rec­tions to your des­ti­na­tion, your speed and how it com­pares to the cur­rent speed limit, and see how much longer you have left be­fore you ar­rive.

The glasses are ca­pa­ble of high­light­ing points of in­ter­est along your ride, such as a great place to stop for din­ner, and can let you know when you re­ceive a text mes­sage.

When you do, built-in au­dio func­tion­al­ity will read the mes­sage back to you, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

Things get re­ally in­ter­est­ing with the eye wear when it comes time to park. The glasses can di­rect your at­ten­tion to an open space and dis­play images from the side mir­ror, so you can see ex­actly how close you are to the curb when you’re try­ing to squeeze into that park­ing spot.

An X-Ray View also al­lows you to see other ob­jects that might have oth­er­wise been con­cealed by parts of your car.

The com­pany is stay­ing tight-lipped on how ex­actly this is sup­posed to hap­pen, but we should find out more be­fore long.

“Mini Aug­mented Vi­sion of­fers a com­pelling ex­am­ple of what’s pos­si­ble to­day, and what we can ex­pect in the fu­ture,” said Jay Wright, vice pres­i­dent, Qual­comm Con­nected Ex­pe­ri­ences, Inc. We could see a whole lot more func­tion­al­ity come to con­nected eye wear be­fore its re­leased to the public.

There isn’t any ex­act pric­ing or re­lease in­for­ma­tion yet for the Mini eye wear, so con­sider this lit­tle more than a tease at the mo­ment.

— Giz­


Strictly for hip­sters, BMW’s vir­tual-re­al­ity eye wear cre­ates a dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the com­pany’s heads-up dis­play in the driver’s pe­riph­eral vi­sion.

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