The self-driving car trend is gradually picking up momentum, but there are other game-changing innovations coming to the auto industry that have nothing to do with surrendering control of your car to a robot.
Jaguar Land Rover's new Virtual Windscreen concept wants to provide drivers with an interactive virtual display on the car's windshield, delivering a kind of augmented-reality experience.
The concept system's features, as shown in the above video, include virtual racing lines that change color to indicate optimum braking positions on treacherous curves. The video also shows virtual cones placed along the road in real-time, a tool that could help train novice drivers.
However, the system's most exciting feature is a "ghost car" visualization that allows users to race virtual drivers on a real road. They can compete against real lap times uploaded by other users, a feature that would make driving the vehicle similar to playing a video game.
"The virtual windscreen is a concept at the moment, as the technology doesn't exist today to utilize the entire windscreen as a HUD [heads-up display]," a Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson told Mashable. "We are working with our suppliers to develop the technology, and are estimating it has potential to reach production in around 10 years."
Jaguar has devoted a lot of research to this kind of virtual-display technology, showing off a transparent bonnet concept video in April, and an additional sunroof augmented-realitycomponent later the same month.
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