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Nissan helps you see the invisible with new concept at CES

Nissan helps you see the invis...
The object of I2V is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are either out of sight or just on the edge of vision
The object of I2V is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are either out of sight or just on the edge of vision
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The technology blends what’s already possible through semi-autonomous systems and real-time information gathering in the vehicle with what’s new
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The technology blends what’s already possible through semi-autonomous systems and real-time information gathering in the vehicle with what’s new
Nissan is currently displaying the I2V system at CES 2019 in Las Vegas
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Nissan is currently displaying the I2V system at CES 2019 in Las Vegas
The object of I2V is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are either out of sight or just on the edge of vision
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The object of I2V is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are either out of sight or just on the edge of vision
The system tracks objects and traffic around the car in real time, using inputs from the car’s sensors as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure information
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The system tracks objects and traffic around the car in real time, using inputs from the car’s sensors as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure information
Items such as passing vehicles, pedestrians or vehicles behind obstructions are displayed for the driver in a "see through" VR display in real-time
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Items such as passing vehicles, pedestrians or vehicles behind obstructions are displayed for the driver in a "see through" VR display in real-time
Nissan's I2V system monitors those inside the vehicle as well as what's outside of the vehicle, allowing for alerts for drowsiness or the like
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Nissan's I2V system monitors those inside the vehicle as well as what's outside of the vehicle, allowing for alerts for drowsiness or the like
Using the sensors already in play for tech like Nissan’s ProPilot system, the I2V can map a 360-degree view of the spaces around the car
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Using the sensors already in play for tech like Nissan’s ProPilot system, the I2V can map a 360-degree view of the spaces around the car
Nissan's I2V VR system can even scan ahead for open parking spaces and help the driver park the vehicle in them
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Nissan's I2V VR system can even scan ahead for open parking spaces and help the driver park the vehicle in them
What the person in this demonstration sees is very different from what is being seen without AR in this Nissan demonstration
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What the person in this demonstration sees is very different from what is being seen without AR in this Nissan demonstration
For the person in the car, an expert guide avatar is explaining local attractions and points of interest via the I2V system
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For the person in the car, an expert guide avatar is explaining local attractions and points of interest via the I2V system
Navigation and local guides can be employed with the Nissan I2V system to enhance the experience in-car
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Navigation and local guides can be employed with the Nissan I2V system to enhance the experience in-car
It’s also possible for the I2V system to project images of people (or their avatars) into the car
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It’s also possible for the I2V system to project images of people (or their avatars) into the car

Nissan has unveiled a concept that can "see the invisible" at CES 2019. The technology uses virtual reality, in-vehicle sensors, and connected car technologies to create a virtual world around the visible world for the driver. Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) shows how VR can be used to enhance driver awareness.

The system tracks objects and traffic around the car in real time, using inputs from the car's sensors as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure information. It then projects a vision of that – over top of the real world – in a virtual reality display that gives the driver more information.

The object is to help the driver stay aware of those things that are either out of sight or just on the edge of vision. Items such as passing vehicles, pedestrians or vehicles behind obstructions are displayed for the driver in a "see through" VR display in real time.

"By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable," said Tetsuro Ueda, an expert in the Nissan Research Center. "The interactive features create an experience that's tailored to your interests and driving style so that anyone can enjoy it in their own way."

The system tracks objects and traffic around the car in real time, using inputs from the car’s sensors as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure information
The system tracks objects and traffic around the car in real time, using inputs from the car’s sensors as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure information

Using the sensors already in play for tech like Nissan's ProPilot system, the I2V can map a 360-degree view of the spaces around the car. It can also monitor those inside the vehicle to keep the driver alert and focused on driving.

It's additionally possible for the I2V system to project images of people into the car. For example, a video conference call can become an in-car call without the need to stare at the device screen. Instead, the projection of the conversant(s) appears naturally within the vehicle via the I2V glasses. This can extend to local guides and navigation prompts, and other real or imagined needs. These aids can be recorded and re-used later by those also using the I2V system in their own vehicles.

Navigation and local guides can be employed with the Nissan I2V system to enhance the experience in-car
Navigation and local guides can be employed with the Nissan I2V system to enhance the experience in-car

The uses for I2V are limited only to the imagination. A real-time professional driver, virtually on board, could help with driving instruction or improvement. The outside world can be virtually shown to the driver in such a way that blind corners are no longer blind, vehicles coming around a larger one and cutting in front are no longer a surprise, etc. It can even scan for open parking spaces and help the driver park the vehicle in them.

Through artificial intelligence, Nissan hopes to make the I2V system even more useful by having it anticipate what's needed and add that to the experience. The goal is to reduce stress on the driver, improve safety, and add to the driving experience overall. The video below shows how some of this is accomplished with Nissan's Invisible-to-Visible tech.

Source: Nissan

Invisible-to-Visible merges the real with the virtual

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