AR Driver Assistance – The Transparent Bonnet


The British all-terrain vehicle maker Land Rover has found a practical application for Augmented Reality. They are developing a driver assist system that creates a virtual transparent bonnet/hood.

Several cameras in the grill capture the ground below the forward part of the car. The combined images of these cameras are projected onto a head-up display in the lower half of the windshield allowing to “look through” the bonnet/hood and motor block onto the ground.

The application is supposed to assist the driver in difficult situations for example steep climbs or when maneuvering in confined spaces. Additionally the application displays information about important vehicle data, including speed, incline, roll angle, steering position, and drive mode.

The concept study dubbed “Discovery Vision Concept” will be shown at the New York International Auto Show.

Mobile 3D Augmented Reality – Project Tango

I remember when the Kinect was first released, and later when the first 3D AR demos leveraging Kinect Fusion style algorithms became public, thinking that this would be a very interesting thing to have on a mobile platform.

Now Google has made its Project Tango public that is promising to deliver exactly this.


Their protoype a 5″ phone is capable of tracking full 3D motion while simultaneously creating a 3D map of its environment. Running on Android APIs provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine.

Algorithms, and APIs are still in active development. You can apply for a developer program to receive one of the 200 prototype device currently available. They expect to distribute all of our their available units by March 14th, 2014.