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Panasonic's augmented reality display aims to change the way drivers see roads

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The head-up display, which projects information onto the windshield for drivers, has been available in some cars since 1988. But while over the past decade they've gone from relatively simple information displays like speed and music selections, Panasonic wants to take things to another level by precisely linking up symbols and text with real-world objects and roadways in front of the car.

(CNN Business)The head-up display, which projects information onto the windshield for drivers, has been available in some cars since 1988.

But while over the past decade they've gone from relatively simple information displays like speed and music selections, Panasonic wants to take things to another level by precisely linking up symbols and text with real-world objects and roadways in front of the car.

In a demonstration video, Panasonic's system laid blue navigation lines, indicating the direction the driver should go, over the actual road.

In the decades since they made the jump from fighter jets to cars, head-up displays, or HUDs, have become a commonly available option on all kinds of vehicles.

These displays project information, such as speed and navigation instructions, onto a car's windshield or a clear plastic screen in front of it so the driver doesn't have to glance down at the gauges or at a screen in the car.

This kind of real-world alignment is difficult to do because it requires knowing exactly where all the features of the road outside are, moment by moment, but also precisely where the driver's eyes are at all times.

If the driver is using the navigation system, the head-up display will show a line on the road to indicate the correct route.

If the vehicle gets too close to a car ahead, a warning symbol can flash at the back of the other car to warn the driver to allow more space.

In the Escalade, a video camera captures an image of the road ahead which gets displayed on a screen in front of the driver.

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