Shanghai 2015 Preview: Mini to debut Augmented Vision technology next week

Shanghai 2015 Preview: Mini to debut Augmented Vision technology next week image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mini | posted April 15, 2015 08:30

Mini set to premiere Augmented Vision eyewear at this year's Shanghai Motor Show

Mini will be presenting a new way of projecting road/vehicle information as the automaker is set to reveal their Augmented Vision technology at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Jointly-developed alongside multiple Qualcomm companies, Mini hopes to show the future of connectivity between a Mini automobile, and smart eyewear.

“MINI Augmented Vision gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a MINI car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future,” said Dr. Jörg Preißinger, Project Manager of Mini Augmented Vision.

A concept view of the Mini Augmented Vision

Exact specification of the eyewear was not detailed but Mini did say that the prototype version will have interactive functions and will help drivers in the future easily see things out on the road as well have information fed directly onto the lens.

Available functions on the Mini Augmented Vision eyewear include: Destination Entry for Navigation, First Mile/Last Mile notifier, Heads-up Display that shows current speed, speed limits and other road information, Points of Interests feature, Messaging which shows SMS text, X-Ray View for seeing through A-pillars and doors better and Augmented Parking which projects a live camera feed from the side mirror onto the lens, allowing easier parking on curbs.

The Mini Augmented Vision eyewear

“We are proud to have helped develop a breakthrough augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile. MINI Augmented Vision offers a compelling example of what’s possible today, and what we can expect in the future,” said Jay Wright, Vice President, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc.