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Panasonic is close to making everyday driving look like a video game

This new head-up display takes things to the next level with the addition of augmented reality and AI technology thrown into the mix.

5w ago

Head-up displays certainly aren't an uncommon sight in cars these days, as even many affordable mainstream models feature the technology. "So, where to next?" you might now be wondering if you're the sort of person who welcomes new technology rather than decreeing it in the name of carburettors and unsynchronised gearboxes.

Lucky for you, if you fall into the pro-tech camp, Panasonic might just have the answer as it's looking to launch its own artificial intelligence-enhanced augmented reality head-up display system.

Although Mercedes-Benz previewed an AR-enhanced HUD for its new S-Class last year, this Panasonic system steps it up another level with the incorporation of AI technology to scan for potential hazards and obstacles and clearly alert drivers of them.

Revealed at CES 2021, the system claims to feature 4K resolution for the clearest possible imagery, eye-tracking technology to adjust for when the driver moves their head, and even auto-stabilisation to account for bumpy roads.

Able not only to detect hazards such as cyclists and pedestrians, but also things like available parking spots along with providing overlaid turn-by-turn navigation instructions, the system will cover far more of the roadway than a traditional HUD thanks to utilising a dual-plane holographic picture generating system.

At this stage, Panasonic is aiming to have the technology available to be fitted to cars as early as 2023, although it will be interesting to see if the system is able to materialise in as advanced a way as this.

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Comments (29)

  • More distractions for the inept portion of drivers? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1 month ago
  • I love how it points out cyclists for you. It even puts missile style digital targets on them for you, so they're easier to hit.

      1 month ago
  • It's a great feature for stupid drivers

      1 month ago
  • It’s cool that it can be done but it’s also completely unnecessary.

      1 month ago
  • Completely unnecessary. I already have eyes.

      1 month ago