While the technology companies continue to drive forward with autonomous vehicles, Nissan's vision of the future of self-driving automobiles lies in a cooperative experience between human and machine, facilitated by augmented reality.
At CES 2019, which officially kicks off this week, Nissan will present its in-car augmented reality concept, dubbed Invisible-to-Visible (I2V), via an interactive 3D experience at its North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The concept system would merge on-board sensor data with information aggregated from Nissan's AR cloud in order to map a virtual environment around the car. In the near term, Nissan envisions the system as an assistant to drivers, with I2V eventually enabling passengers to visualize a self-driving car's performance in real time.
"By helping the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable, "said Tetsuro Ueda, a team member at the Nissan Research Center, in a statement. "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." Nissan Augmented Reality Concept Assists Drivers in Detection Unseen Obstacles ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
Image by Nissan / YouTube  The system would enable automobiles to detect immediate obstacles and risks in the vehicle's surroundings, such as pedestrians and other vehicles in the car's path, as well as impediments further along the planned route, such as the status of traffic congestion or accidents. In addition, the system would also be designed to measure the operator's alertness via interior sensors and suggest that a driver to take a break to avoid tragedy.
"When a car processes sensing data and visualizes it, the driver feels at ease and can trust the car, resulting in a more confident and comfortable drive, "said Ueda in a video demonstrating the technology. "In the future, visualization will remain the key for the user interface and user experience."
Nissan is also looking to bring elements of virtual social interaction to the experience. As envisioned, the I2V system would connect drivers to friends and family, who would appear as avatars in passenger seats. ,, Couldlistlistlist, drivers could list local guides, which would be the destination for visitors in unfamiliar territory. Based on the footage, the experience hardly looks safe for a human driver, but would be ideal for the passenger of an autonomous vehicle.