Nis­san helps you see the in­vis­i­ble with new con­cept at CES

By Aaron Turpen

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - TECHNOLOGY -

Nis­san has un­veiled a con­cept that can “see the in­vis­i­ble” at CES 2019. The tech­nol­ogy uses virtual re­al­ity, in-ve­hi­cle sen­sors, and con­nected car tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate a virtual world around the vis­i­ble world for the driver. In­vis­i­ble-to-Vis­i­ble (I2V) shows how VR can be used to en­hance driver aware­ness.

The sys­tem tracks objects and traf­fic around the car in real time, us­ing in­puts from the car’s sen­sors as well as ve­hi­cle-tove­hi­cle and ve­hi­cle-to-in­fra­struc­ture in­for­ma­tion. It then projects a vi­sion of that – over top of the real world – in a virtual re­al­ity dis­play that gives the driver more in­for­ma­tion.

The ob­ject is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are ei­ther out of sight or just on the edge of vi­sion. Items such as pass­ing ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans or ve­hi­cles be­hind ob­struc­tions are dis­played for the driver in a “see through” VR dis­play in real time.

“By help­ing you see the in­vis­i­ble, I2V en­hances your con­fi­dence and makes driv­ing more en­joy­able,” said Tet­suro Ueda, an ex­pert in the Nis­san Re­search Cen­ter. “The in­ter­ac­tive fea­tures cre­ate an ex­pe­ri­ence that’s tai­lored to your in­ter­ests and driv­ing style so that any­one can en­joy it in their own way.”

Us­ing the sen­sors al­ready in play for tech like Nis­san’s ProPilot sys­tem, the I2V can map a 360-de­gree view of the spa­ces around the car. It can also mon­i­tor those in­side the ve­hi­cle to keep the driver alert and fo­cused on driv­ing.

It’s ad­di­tion­ally pos­si­ble for the I2V sys­tem to project im­ages of peo­ple into the car. For ex­am­ple, a video con­fer­ence call can be­come an in-car call with­out the need to stare at the de­vice screen. In­stead, the pro­jec­tion of the con­ver­sant(s) ap­pears nat­u­rally within the ve­hi­cle via the I2V glasses. This can ex­tend to lo­cal guides and nav­i­ga­tion prompts, and other real or imag­ined needs. These aids can be recorded The ob­ject of I2V is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are ei­ther out of sight or just on the edge of vi­sion (Pho­tos: C.C. Weiss/New At­las) and re-used later by those also us­ing the I2V sys­tem in their own ve­hi­cles.

The uses for I2V are lim­ited only to the imag­i­na­tion. A real-time pro­fes­sional driver, vir­tu­ally on board, could help with driv­ing in­struc­tion or im­prove­ment. The out­side world can be vir­tu­ally shown to the driver in such a way that blind cor­ners are no longer blind, ve­hi­cles com­ing around a larger one and cut­ting in front are no longer a sur­prise, etc. It can even scan for open park­ing spa­ces and help the driver park the ve­hi­cle in them. Through ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, Nis­san hopes to make the I2V sys­tem even more use­ful by hav­ing it an­tic­i­pate what’s needed and add that to the ex­pe­ri­ence. The goal is to re­duce stress on the driver, im­prove safety, and add to the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence over­all. The video be­low shows how some of this is ac­com­plished with Nis­san’s In­vis­i­ble-to-Vis­i­ble tech. The sys­tem tracks objects and traf­fic around the car in real time, us­ing in­puts from the car’s sen­sors as well as ve­hi­cle-to-ve­hi­cle and ve­hi­cle-to-in­fra­struc­ture in­for­ma­tion

Items such as pass­ing ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans or ve­hi­cles be­hind ob­struc­tions are dis­played for the driver in a “see through” VR dis­play in real-time (Credit:Nis­san)

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