The ‘Jaguar Virtual Windscreen’ concept uses the entire windscreen as a display so the driver’s eyes need never leave the road. High quality hazard, speed and navigation icons could all be projected onto the screen together.
For performance drivers, imagery that could aid track driving includes:
- Racing line and braking guidance. Virtual racing lines on the windscreen appear to be marked on the track ahead for optimum racing line, with changes in colour to indicate braking guidance.
- Ghost car racing. Improve your lap times by racing a ‘ghost car’ visualisation of your car on a previous lap, or compete against a lap uploaded from another driver.
- Virtual cones can be laid out on the track ahead for driver training. These could be moved as the driver’s ability improves.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “By presenting the highest quality imagery possible, a driver need only look at a display once. Showing virtual images that allow the driver to accurately judge speed and distance will enable better decision-making and offer real benefits for every-day driving on the road, or the track.”
Jaguar Land Rover is also developing a ‘gesture control system’ to keep the driver’s eyes on the road and reduce distraction by limiting the need to look at or feel for buttons and switches to press as well as technology that could replace rear view and external mirrors with cameras and virtual displays to improve speed and distance judgement.