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Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving 177

An anonymous reader writes "Car manufacturers at CES are showing off their future integration of mobile computing technologies and automobiles. Quoting CNN: 'As digital tech — and our expectations for it — becomes more mobile, carmakers are taking notice. Many automotive designers here seem to have taken inspiration from smartphones, with their promise of being always connected and their vast menu of apps for every purpose. ... Simply point your hand at them, and the icons open to show real-time information: when that bridge over there was built, what band is playing at that nightclub on the left, whether that new café up the street has any tables available. Wave your hand again, and you've made a restaurant reservation. ... All these advancements may make driving more interesting. Or they may spoil one of modern society's last refuges from the hyper-connected digital world. Either way, they are coming soon.'"
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Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:06PM (#38688800)

    How about when you are driving, you pay attention to driving?

  • by Magada ( 741361 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:06PM (#38688810) Journal

    Get out of jail free cards for everyone, guys! Just claim the HUD malfunctioned and gave you a seizure (or simply obscured your view) if you happen to run over some pedestrian.

    Who's to say it ain't so?

  • by Twillerror ( 536681 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:09PM (#38688870) Homepage Journal

    Stop doing this and make my car drive itself first..thx

    Seriously I need that sort of thing like I need another whole in my head. Make my be a better car, not try to turn it into a smartphone.

    You want to augment my reality...make some sunglasses that do...make my eyes better.

  • by monzie ( 729782 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:14PM (#38688964) Homepage
    Driving is sometimes a pleasure and often a pain. However it demands focus and attention for your safety and for others on the road.
    Quoting the article- "Simply point your hand at them, and the icons open to show real-time information: when that bridge over there was built, what band is playing at that nightclub on the left,"
    This might be entertainment for the people sitting in the backseat - it might even be informative for kids.
    This would definitely be a major nuisance for me if I were driving. Don't get me wrong – I am not against technology – but I also believe that there are some places where technology can be a hindrance and IMO this is one of them.
  • by alendit ( 1454311 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:22PM (#38689134)

    The same people who won't let you get away with claiming that your brakes malfunctioned?

  • A likely story. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mosb1000 ( 710161 ) <mosb1000@mac.com> on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:28PM (#38689232)

    Car manufacturers aren't exactly known for making good user interfaces (apart from the vehicle's primary controls).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:34PM (#38689328)

    Who's to say it ain't so?

    the 3tb black box running locked down firmware logging everything due to your warranty conditions, friendly police office/insurance/garage company will just jack in via the Ford/Gm API on his smartphone app and voila a complete replay of your last 90days driving, complete with video output from the front/rear cams, GPS position, in car audio monitoring, driver head position, external/internal temp, driver eyes open/closed, speed, revs, brake position, door status, passenger numbers, weight, and everything else that can be tapped and verbose

    "watching you drive" data is what the car/insurance companies are positively ejaculating over,
    putting pretty pictures on a screen is just the bait

  • by blueg3 ( 192743 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @03:08PM (#38689874)

    Highlighting pedestrians and other features, particularly at night, would actually be really useful. There are a lot of things at night or during heavy rain or snow that can be picked up visually, eventually, but are challenging for humans. (Likewise for road signs at dusk.)

  • by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @03:10PM (#38689890)
    Augmented reality doesn't have to be about multi-tasking.

    Ask yourself, why do people have to die in huge multi-car pileups [wikipedia.org]? There is no reason your car shouldn't have radar-augmented vision.

    (And no, simply asking "why don't people just slow down?" does not fix this problem. The pileup begins when somebody does exactly that!)

  • please (Score:4, Insightful)

    by unity100 ( 970058 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @05:26PM (#38691634) Homepage Journal

    Mass transit has been a world wide failure

    keep such american bullshit in america.

    100 million people are using mass transit comfortably and safely in japan. many more, in europe. in europe, the standards for mass transportation varies depending on country, but in japan, there is no such variance. fast trains are a feature of life there. even in germany, where 200 km/h heavy luxury cars and a culture of expensive highways are present, mass transportation is much more convenient as long as there is a mass transport reaching the destination you want.

    dont pose shitty opinions as facts or statements next time. or, keep them in america. it is stupid to drive to a destination by going through all the hassles and effort instead of arriving there by swinging your arms about as if in your back garden with a mass transport vehicle. it is you americans' fault that you let mass transportation to be neglected, and your metros, undergrounds have became hellholes of crime and shit. and dont even get me started on amtrak.

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