Nissan's connected vehicle technology is now trying to make "the invisible, visible."
Debuting at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nissan's Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) concept uses a series of in-car sensors, artificial intelligence, and cloud data to track objects around the vehicle, returning output in a car interface that delivers an augmented 3D map of the view ahead. Some of its uses include new destination info, parking assist, intersection status, road signs, and being able to see what is just around a public space, such as a garage or the building. Images of people can also project on the car windshield.
Watch it in action below.
"By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable," said Tetsuro Ueda, a Nissan Research Center expert leader. "The interactive features create an experience that's tailored to your interests and driving style so that anyone can enjoy using it in their own way."
"Invisible-to-Visible technology is the interface that merges the data world and the real world -- a new level of connectivity that connects cars to the metaverse."
All of the information is provided to the Nissan driver using customized avatars, a step above the default voice-activated assistants used in most driver-assistance suites. The I2V system will even feature a virtual reality "chase car" that "floats" ahead, leading drivers along an optimized route to avoid real-time traffic jams or reach their destination in the fastest time. Consider this your own personal concierge and driver.
Yet another neat trick is for Nissan's I2V to form weather conditions, projecting images of rainy weather when it's actually sunny and vice versa. Its unclear how distracting this could potentially be. Now, could we ever see the day where artificial intelligence can predict to 99-percent accuracy what will happen on the road in five seconds' time? Quite possibly.