Jaguar has found a way to merge the real world with virtual reality.
The British company's new Virtual Windscreen concept, unveiled this week, brings virtual racing to the road by projecting high-quality graphics onto a car's windscreen, creating a driving sensation akin to playing Gran Turismo.
The technology allows drivers to race a ‘ghost car' of either themselves on a previous lap, or against lap times uploaded by other users.
Correct racing lines and braking guidance are also projected onto the windscreen in what Jaguar claims could be a useful future aid for driver training.
The company says its Virtual Windscreen concept has been developed with closed circuits and racetracks in mind.
Research and technology director, Dr Wolfgang Epple, said the technology could help eliminate driver distraction.
"By presenting the highest quality imagery possible, a driver need only look at a display once," he said.
"Showing virtual images that allow the driver to accurately judge speed and distance will enable better decision-making and offer real benefits for every-day driving on the road, or the track."
Jaguar Land Rover is also developing gesture control technology which can sense gestures from as far as 15cm away, helping alleviate distractions caused by touching physical buttons and dials, the company says.
If you think the Virtual Windscreen technology sounds a little too futuristic, you may be right. Jaguar has not announced when or if the concept would ever become available on road-going cars.
- Sydney Morning Herald