Nissan field-testing new technology to allow drivers to 'see the invisible'

Merging the real and virtual worlds could make driving safer

21 March 2019 - 12:47 By AFP Relaxnews
Invisible-to-Visible technology, developed by Nissan, merges the real and virtual worlds.
Invisible-to-Visible technology, developed by Nissan, merges the real and virtual worlds.
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Nissan and NTT Docomo have revealed that they are field-testing the automaker's Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology – first unveiled in January 2019 at the CES trade show in Las Vegas in the US – in a moving vehicle at Grandrive, Nissan's proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan.

I2V technology seeks to merge the real and virtual worlds. The idea is to help the driver "see the invisible" – what's coming up ahead, behind a building or around a corner – in order to anticipate any potential danger.

This is achieved by combining information sourced from a host of sensors inside and outside the vehicle with cloud data.

The system also connects drivers and passengers to the Metaverse, a kind of virtual world in which people can interact through avatars. This means that one's family members or friends can appear in the car at any moment as three-dimensional, augmented-reality avatars to offer company or assistance.

In order to function, this technology requires 5G, which is provided by the Japanese operator partnering with the automaker on this project. Here, the high-speed, large-capacity, low-latency mobile 5G connectivity provided by Docomo is used to transmit avatar data wirelessly into the test vehicle, and in-car camera views from the vehicle, in real time.

The test vehicle being used is based on the Nissan NV350 Caravan.


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