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Mini Augmented Reality Driving Goggles to Debut in Shanghai

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/10/2015 Karla Sanchez

Attendees at this year’s 2015 Shanghai Motor Show won’t find an all-new Mini concept at the quirky automaker’s booth. Instead, they’ll find a futuristic pair of Mini Augmented Vision goggles that display important vehicle information right in front of the driver’s eyes.

Mini Augmented Vision goggles are basically a combination of Google Glass and a head-up display, with the goggles presenting a variety of driving functions right in the driver’s field of vision. The goggles can display destination points, the navigation display of your first and last mile, speeds and speed limits, navigation arrows, and points of interest along your route. With the goggles, people will also be more inclined to stay focused on the road rather than their cell phones since they can conveniently display incoming message notifications. Parking will also be made easier since the goggles also display a view of the curb from the car's external cameras and an X-Ray view.

Mini Augmented Reality Driving Goggles to Debut in Shanghai

The black and gold augmented reality goggles are able to display all this without obstructing the driver’s view since the graphics are see-through. Even though features like head-up displays are becoming more and more pervasive, Mini sees these goggles as the future.

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 MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology, in a release.

There’s still a lot more we’d want to learn about the goggles, but we’ll have to wait until they debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

Source: Mini


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