Engineers Are Working On An advanced 3D Safety Display On Car Windscreen


Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in collaboration with researchers at The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE), University of Cambridge are developing a powerful new 3D head-up display that

could project real-time safety information and warnings directly on the windscreen, while driving. The technology will help avoid the need to take your eyes off the road to check the next turn while giving you early notice of oncoming obstacles.

The 3D head-up display will project safety alerts such as: lane departure, hazard detection, sat-nav directions, and improve the visibility in challenging conditions. The team explained that the use of Augmented Reality would add the perception of depth to the image by mapping the messages directly onto the road ahead.

The head and eye-tracking technology would ensure users can view the 3D effects without the use of individual screens or cinema-style glasses.

A 3D image/movie projected in front of the passenger without the need for individual screens or 3-D glasses worn at the cinema. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover.

Apart from safety, the 3D displays could offer users an entirely unique and personalized experience. When vehicles become fully autonomous, the new technology will allow passengers to stream 3D movies directly from their seats as part of a shared, autonomous future.

“Several passengers sharing a journey would be able to enjoy their own choice of media – including journey details, points of interest or movies – and optimized for where they are sat,” researchers wrote in a press release.

Further details of the technology itself are not available yet, but it could potentially help us to move towards a safer, more intuitive and smarter future.

“Development in virtual and augmented reality is moving really quickly. This consortium takes some of the best technology available and helps us to develop applications suited to the automotive sector ,” said Valerian Meijering, Human Machine Interface & Head-Up Display Researcher for Jaguar Land Rover.

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