Japan’s Pioneer Corp has unveiled a state-of-the-art car navigation system that is the first in the world to project augmented reality information on the windscreen in front of the driver’s eyes.
The technology has been introduced into the head-up display units incorporated into the cockpits of the most modern fighter aircraft, but has never before been attempted in a car.
The satellite system, which will go on the market in Japan in late July with a price tag of between Y230,000 (Rs. 1,53,325) and Y300,000 (Rs. 1,99,826), displays instructions and maps on a translucent plastic board between the screen and the driver’s seat. The system involves the installation of a camera into the windshield of the car that sends real-time footage of the road and the surroundings to the computer.
It is also able to analyse details of the route, such as traffic light changes, shops, offices and other key landmarks, as well as determining the difference between the car and other surrounding vehicles.
Many systems are now able to receive and display information on traffic congestion and suggest alternative routes. Some systems can also be removed from the car and used as a hand-held GPS device.