December 12, 2016
Augmented Reality (AR) in Dashboards/Head Units are an area of significant interest in the connected car space. BMW, Tesla and several other OEMs have announced their intent to release AR enhanced dashboards in the near future.
Augmented Reality (AR) enhanced dashboards can enable several innovative use-cases such as:
There are many ways to implement AR in the dashboard. We believe one of the early deployment technologies will be to leverage the power of the smartphone and its sensors/accessories to augment overlays on traditional head units. Standards such as CarPlay, MirrorLink, and Android Auto already exist that allow for phones and dashboards to interact over well-defined protocols.
As part of our innovation labs prototyping, we wanted to see how MirrorLink-based solution would perform today with AR overlays from the phone. We also wanted to use a stock Android tablet as an HU (head unit) and see how easy (or hard) it was to get MirrorLink working on a non-certified device (which we think will be a common requirement for aftermarket providers). In our demo, we overlay live camera view with location information translated to names of buildings we are driving by. The MirrorLink implementation was provided by RealVNC.
Here is what we did for the technology concept demo:
This demo video is intended to be a technology showcase of integrating Augment Reality tools with MirrorLink and not necessarily a real-life use case. A real-life use case that leverages such technologies may be one of the use cases described above or one of many other innovative use cases.