Location service provider Mapbox expands the scope of its enhanced reality development capabilities to include apps for cars and smartphone navigation.
On Thursday, Mapbox announced a trio of new features for its Vision SDK, which will soon become available to developers through public beta.
By adding magnified reality data sheets beyond a camera's view of the world, Vision SDK enables developers to create AR- navigation apps for cars with turn-by-turn directions displayed on the way forward or 3D content placed in points of interest.
"Vision SDK processes images directly on mobile and embedded devices, so all connected cameras become a second set of eyes for your car," says Tory Smith, product manager for Vision SDK, in a blog post. "The neural networks drive AI driven image processing. with super low power so it goes on phones and other IoT devices. "
The latest update to Vision SDK adds Wi-Fi tethering in dashcams and Linux support for custom cars and
"We discover pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles on a driver's path. Developers use these detections to send custom alerts to drivers using the Vision Security Module, "Smith says.
" Use character discovery to send driver alerts when exceeding the speed limit or range measurements to alert a driver to tailgating. The security features of the Vision SDK are especially useful for fleet companies – fleet operators can use Vision to detect road breaks and automatically document them with supporting images or video. "
In front of the public beta, Mapbox has offered to recognize 100 more developers for the closed beta. Interested developers can email Mapbox at email@example.com for consideration.
Since the launch of ARKit, Mapbox has focused on placing its site services to support different uses for increased reality, from site-based games, like Pokémon GO via its Maps SDK for Unity, to AR navigation via its Mapbox AR SDK.
With Vision SDK, Mapbox now goes toe-to-door toe with software company that specifically cater to automakers, such as WayRay, who introduced their own True AR SDK for cars from AR devices last year.