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Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
A holographic heads-up display ships later this year

Rather than throwing little left-turn arrows up in your field of vision, Navion projects holographic arrows that follow the road in front of you and then onto the road where you need to turn left. There’s no need to look at the navigation screen in the center console to figure out if the robot voice who pronounces everything wrong is telling you to take this left coming up right now or the next one. Navion will just run those green arrows along the correct path right in front of your eyeballs. No headset required.

Jed Fisher's insight:

This sounds pretty amazing, really curious to how well it works. They are in my backyard so ill have to visit and check it out myself.

I must admit i'm very skeptical of the marketing. I am sure they are using a heads up display. However they:
  • strongly imply the arrows are projected onto the actual road 
  • use mockups which show the green arrows totally matting out the environment, whereas it should simply look brighter but with background still visible through the green. Would be quite hard to see anything on a bright sunny day, and also means they couldn't give a toss about a realistic visualization of their tech.
The concept is basically sound at an abstract level, but with major hurdles which is really hard to solve:
  • In order to overlay accurately the box needs to know its position to within a few cm, and also needs to be able to track the terrain as well. So they are talking about a system hundreds of times more accurate than standard GPS.
  • The thing will need to be calibrated to the position and slope of the windshield+ driver's head position in every car
  • If it works by simple reflection (how all HUDs in cars work today) then the size of the device directly relates to the field of view. A small device means you only get a tiny patch of display area which simply won't fill enough of the driver's FOV to align with real world objects
  • If if doesn't work by reflection, and really can present overlays over a large FOV, then the ONLY other option is that a special coating must be added to the windscreen with reflects projected light from the device, basically a translucent projector screen. This seems problematic since other light (sunlight, streetlights etc) is very likely to interact with such a coating, affecting safety/visibility.
Interestingly there is one way I can see of creating full FOV display that only the driver can see, but it would involve a special coating AND the driver wearing the projector device on their head. See here (CastAR) for this tech (which is really legit, because of the coating the light only bounces straight back at the user, so no one else sees what they're seeing).
Apart from the display tech, there is of course the tracking and telemetry challenge. Google's self-driving cars do this using multiple HD cameras + expensive LIDAR scanners + carefully prepared databases of every detail of the limited roads they drive on. These guys imply it's just a little device that you stick on the dashboard.
I'm skeptical but hope to meet them to learn more!

PS thanks to Mark from our team for many of the above insights!
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The Transparent Car - YouTube

Car doors and backseats become invisible with this nearly magical technology Read more: http://bit.ly/11b6JMT

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

This is an explanation video showing a prototype to a very useful concept i.e. xray vision for drivers of cars. It's been happening in the defense and aerospace industry for a while via the xray helmets which allowing pilots to see through the floor with x-ray like vision. Then you've got some neat things happening for motorbikes with Fusar http://sco.lt/6l346r  However Cars have only just started to change from those old clunky mirrors (side and rear) to now occasionally some smarter sensors for detecting collisions and letting the driver know (or even stopping collisions) (which is revolutionary). That said, still - it's very useful to be able to see *through* the car and to do so without the need for wearing a helmets or something like google glasses, so again,, this concept is neat because it gives a virtual window through the car.

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Computer Vision - Tesla's AWD Model D Obeys Speed Signs and Changes Lanes By Itself

Computer Vision - Tesla's AWD Model D Obeys Speed Signs and Changes Lanes By Itself | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

According to the leaked report, one of the new headline features is the ability for the Tesla to recognize, and then obey, speed signs. Using an on-board camera, it should be a relatively simple exercise for the Model D to recognize speed signs, and then adjust itself to match. It's not the first cruise control that messes with your speed without you asking — radar-guided cruise control is actually pretty commonplace on higher-end cars these days — but a sign-recognition system that works reliably would be ground-breaking.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Fantastic use of computer vision - sometimes you dont need to go as far a complete autonomous vehicle instead, take the MVP and simply help drivers recognize road signs and the like. Awesome "feature" to see on the car, once again Tesla leading the way.  Also it helps by checking your blind spot.

Of course speed limit checks can also be done via GPS but using computer vision and ideally scanners to identify hazards and more complicated challenges has huge potential. Lane changing just being one of them.

I'd love to see a lane checking "feature" on bicycles (and motorbikes), with perhaps tactile feedback to the handle bar/grips (alerting the user to not change lanes or of danger).

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Motorcity Europe with NVIDIA Quadro Picks Up the Pace & Power for Automotive Design

Motorcity Europe with NVIDIA Quadro Picks Up the Pace & Power for Automotive Design | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Motorcity Europe in Cologne Germany provides vehicle styling and design services to the automotive industry, including major OEM clients down to smaller specialist brands. At the head of the company is automotive designer David Hilton, former chief designer for the Ford Motor Company and head of exterior design for Bentley Motors in the UK. David and the Motorcity team help develop the looks and style of diverse types of vehicles, from familiar commercial models like the Ford Focus RS and Ford SMAX, to the Infiniti E-Merge and Mazda Superlite supercars, to vehicle concepts.

Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm a big fan of David Hiltons work, he has designed some of the most iconic Bentley's and Fords. His presentation at this years NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference was in my view perhaps the best of the show - it was an insightful view into the the art and love of automotive design. If you get a chance to hear him speak i highly recommend it.

(Note full disclosure: NVIDIA is a client of 4D Pipeline)

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Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Military pilots wear expensive displays that show them relevant flight data as they scan the skies. Now a startup is bringing the tech to the masses.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great to see AR getting more real use cases.

AR glasses open up many useful workflows for pilots, also BIM and Building professionals, manufacturing, simulations, and training.

Together with 3D shape detection it's possible to have a very rich markerless AR experience.

Exciting things ahead!

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3D-printed car to debut at manufacturing show

3D-printed car to debut at manufacturing show | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The Phoenix-based automotive and industrial design and manufacturing outfit was one of the pioneers of cloud-based co-creation, where members of a 150,000-member strong online community submit and refine ideas for products, dramatically speeding up the process.


Via jean lievens, Proto3000
Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting for two reasons - CoCreation and 3D Printing and Customizations.

https://localmotors.com/

 

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Land Rover - Augmented Cars in a New Way

Land Rover - Augmented Cars in a New Way | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
If you haven't heard already, Land Rover is working on an augmented reality car hood concept that makes your hood transparent. The concept is simple: when begins tipping up (on a rising hill for in...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very neat application for Augmented Reality, similar to what fighter pilots have been experimenting with (think xray vision through the aircraft).

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Apple's CarPlay: What You Need to Know

Apple's CarPlay: What You Need to Know | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Apple finally took the wraps off its in-car software platform, CarPlay on Monday. Now that that we've had some time to take a look at its particulars, it's time to delve into exactly what this new mobile environment means for the drivers and automakers alike.

 

iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips," said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product marketing, in a statement. "CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction."

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

 This is a good look at what Apple's CarPlay system is and how it may stack up against the competition.

It's also a good article to follow the Internet Of Everything link.

I'm very interested in this. There are a ton of solutions that really fit well for an in-car experience. The key for the App developers is to make compelling Apps that make sense and work well from within the car. 

It seems to me that this is a very small but safe step for Apple. It allows for some basic Apple iOS integration and probably "holds the fort" until they are able/ready to be more disruptive.

Ford's Open Sync and open developer approach is enticing a lot of people.

Regardless, to whoever "wins", I love that this will result in Apps that let me better engage, use, and understand my particular vehicle, it's location, and what can be done with it. I personally, cannot wait until we go beyond Music/Maps/Voice-control - there is so, so much more.

 

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Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1

Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
After developing an augmented reality car manual for the Audi A3 and similar software for wearables like Glass, Metaio certainly knows a thing or two
Jed Fisher's insight:

Another nice AR solution by MetaIO. 

Also looking forward to the Metaio InsideAR conference in Munich October 10th/11th. If you plan to attend and would like to meet up  - give me a yell jed(at)4dpipeline.com 

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Chrysler showcases VR experience of manufacturing

Chrysler showcases VR experience of manufacturing | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
chrysler 'beneath the surface' virtual reality experience showcases the manufacturing process of the all-new 2015 '200' model to oculus rift wearers
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great example of an Oculus VR experience. This is similar to one of the projects we at 4D Pipeline are working on (but it's even cooler if you ask me ;-)) 


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InsideAR Conference Report

InsideAR Conference Report | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
It’s October 29th and you know what that means! InsideAR has begun and we have the pleasure of giving you the first peek of the proceedings at the world’s largest AR conference. Merely an hour ago,...
Jed Fisher's insight:

For my third year in a row i attended the Metaio InsideAR conference. It's always a nice show to see how some of the (mainly) automotive companies are using AR for design, instructional, and sales & marketing purposes. 

Metaio's technology continues to improve.

It was announced that it will soon work with the 3D Realsense cameras from Intel, unfortunately we still have to wait (as it should dramatically improve the computer vision capabilities).

More at:

http://augmentedblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/favorite-moments-of-insidear-from-opera-singing-to-tracking-it-all/

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Now you can test drive a Lexus RC F with the Oculus Rift

Now you can test drive a Lexus RC F with the Oculus Rift | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Lexus has built a virtual reality RC F using the car's actual steering column, foot pedals and an Oculus Rift DK2 headset. It calls the setup the Lexus RC F Rift, naturally, and it'll be at select auto shows across the nation for the next several months. The player can race the car around a virtual track. At the very least, it's a novel way to get a feel for the car's interior, and a good look at how companies outside of the gaming industry may use virtual reality technology in the future.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting article to follow the Unity/Oculus partnership also the earlier blog entry showing Ford's VR center. Excellent example of how a tool like Unity/Oculus can benefit a company like Lexus. 

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This 3D-Printed Car Will Be Drivable By The Weekend, For Sale Soon After

This 3D-Printed Car Will Be Drivable By The Weekend, For Sale Soon After | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Local Motors, the crew who brought us the venerable off-road sports car we know and love as the Rally Fighter, are making the first full-sized drivable car from a 3D printer at this very moment.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Big fan of Local Motor. Pretty amazing, fun video.  Hardcore 3D Printing :-)

More: http://3dprint.com/14358/3d-printed-car-local-motors/

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Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept

Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Driving will be a lot more fun with Jaguar Land Rover’s new Virtual Windscreen concept that’ll provide drivers with an interactive virtual display on their vehicle’s windshield. The concept technology will sort of be like an augmented-reality experience while you drive (or really race), offering you info on speed info and lap times, in real …
Jed Fisher's insight:

Really just a concept but does remind us to the potential of using AR on the windscreen. 

I would like to see someone take some of the sensor data from the autonomous car cameras - and feed warnings to the driver via such an AR screen. 

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Volvo CAD Meets Point Cloud

Volvo CAD Meets Point Cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
In this digital age, wouldn't you imagine that cars float through virtual assembly lines? Avatars ensuring that assembly workers will have room to maneuver their wrenches? Ensuring robotic arms having no collisions with fenders, rendering an otherwise gleaming auto undeliverable...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great use of point cloud data, i saw a presentation on this by Volvo at the PLM Innovation conference a few years back. 

Makes a lot of sense, point scan your factor, then run the new virtual CAD cars through it to make sure there is enough room (or not), etc.

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Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video]

Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video] | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Engineers don Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate vehicles that don't yet exist. 
Jed Fisher's insight:

Lots more news and updates on Oculus Rift, especially about their buyout by Facebook for $2B. Here is the first of a few.

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Tesla’s Groundbreaking UX: An interview with User Interface Manager Brennan Boblett | UX Magazine

Tesla’s Groundbreaking UX: An interview with User Interface Manager Brennan Boblett | UX Magazine | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Via Peter Zalman
Jed Fisher's insight:

Good read and food for thought. I like Peter miss good ole fashion knobs that i can touch by feeling them. That said, I'm glad some companies are trying to reimagine car UX.

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Peter Zalman's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:12 AM

Still not convinced..How to work with large display at night, or how to reach a knob without looking at it..