Safer Driving with AR Technology

The use of augmented reality could improve driving.

Augmented reality is a technology that is proving very useful in many fields such as medicine, training, and even vehicle repair. It is a system that digitally adds a series of additional information to the image of what we have in front of us. Microsoft, Apple, and More Globe are some of the brands that are developing applications.

On November 20, the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) commemorated the victims of road accidents. Therefore, we at More Globe have decided to devote this article to raising awareness of this issue, and also to explain how AR technology can improve driving to minimize car accidents.

FEVR’s video dedicated to road accident victims

Many companies, such as Bosch or Way Ray, have taken a big step forward in the adaptation of augmented reality technology in the automotive world that could undoubtedly bring great advances for the improvement of driving. The idea is to combine the technologies of a head-up display but taking them a step further, so that additional indications are projected onto the image we see on the windshield.

image courtesy of WayRay’s (WayRay) official website showing how AR technology works inside the car.

A HUD (Head-Up Display) is the information that is displayed on the screen at all times. It was born in video games, but has expanded to new immersive technologies such as Augmented Reality.

It is possible to project the indications of the navigator on the windshield if we approach a crossroads at the point where we must turn right.

Some opinions about augmented reality on windshields are not very positive and doubts arise whether this type of infographics projected on what we see is effective or generates more distractions than benefits. However, many other studies support the use of this technology, as it displays the information the driver needs in his line of sight and can receive safety alerts more quickly. The key to the safety of these systems is that they are effective, being as non-invasive as possible, and that they display relevant and well-categorized information.

With real data and projects, and with 3D images that are perfectly integrated into the real world, the functions will be executed in real-time. Similarly, the system can analyze the road situation and display 3D points of interest or danger if the road is in poor condition. It can also indicate in real-time, through a line of any color, which means the recommended route, with its possible crossings, traffic circles, and state of the road to reach our destination. 

In other words, the augmented reality technology applied to the automotive conduction, can present a great advantage in the sector, since this would provide the driver, with information and real data that would make your driving much safer.

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