It’s the stuff that nerd dreams are made of, science fiction and reality are coming to the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and Nissan is bringing it big this year. Stephen Hawkings and Albert Einstein are giving the Vulcan salute to an avatar at CES. Live long and prosper.
Nissan unveils Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology concept at CES
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan will morph its future vision for a mobility device currently called a vehicle that helps drivers “see the invisible,” the world beyond by synchronizing both real and virtual worlds, creating the ultimate holodeck connected-car experience.
While it is still a future technology, Nissan is creating Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V through Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Intelligent Mobility is Nissan’s vision of the future of how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. I2V will demonstrate the future of mobility through an interactive, three-dimensional immersion experience.
I2V will support drivers by beaming up information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud. This technology allows the system to track the vehicle’s immediate surroundings and anticipate what’s ahead. The data even shows what’s behind a building or if there is anything around the corner.
Guidance is changed to make driving more enjoyable for humans from Klingon to an interactive, more human-like approach such as through avatars that appear inside the car. This is only funny if you know that Klingons are supposed to be warlike and the Federation humans are supposed to be civilized. However, if you look at our highways, you wonder which is which.
By tapping into the virtual world and beyond, I2V opens up a universe of possibilities for service and communications – making driving more convenient, comfortable and exciting.
“By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable,” said Tetsuro Ueda, an expert leader at the Nissan Research Center. “The interactive features create an experience that’s tailored to your interests and driving style so that anyone can enjoy using it in their way.”
I2V is powered by Nissan’s Omni-Sensing technology, which acts as a hub gathering real-time data from the traffic environment and the vehicle’s surroundings and interior. Nissan’s SAM (Seamless Autonomous Mobility) technology analyzes the road environment through the relevant real-time information, and the ProPILOT semiautonomous driver support system provides information about the car’s surroundings.
The technology maps a 360-degree virtual space around the car to provide information about things like road and intersection status, visibility, signage or nearby pedestrians. It can also monitor the people inside the vehicle by using internal sensors to anticipate better when they may need assistance with finding something or a coffee break to stay alert.
I2V can also connect drivers and passengers to people in the Metaverse virtual world. This virtual world makes it possible for family, friends or others to appear inside the car as three-dimensional, augmented-reality avatars to provide company or assistance.
During autonomous driving, I2V can make the time spent in a mobile carrier more comfortable and enjoyable. For example, when driving in the rain, the scenery of a sunny day can be projected inside the vehicle.
When visiting a new place, the system can search within the Metaverse for a knowledgeable local guide who can communicate with people in the vehicle in real time.
Information provided by the guide can be collected with Omni-Sensing and stored in the cloud so that others visiting the same area can access the useful guidance. It can also be used by the onboard artificial intelligence system to provide a more efficient drive through local neighborhoods.
During manual driving, I2V provides information from Omni-Sensing as an overlay in the driver’s full field of view. The information helps drivers assess and prepare for things like corners with poor visibility, changing road surface conditions or oncoming traffic.
The driver can also book a professional driver from the Metaverse to get personal instruction in real time. The professional driver appears as a projected avatar or as a virtual chase car in the driver’s field of vision to demonstrate the best way to drive.
Not only will I2V display information about congestion and estimated travel time; it can communicate unique details to better inform the driver about the road ahead, removing unknowns to ease driving stress. I2V will give alternative suggestions, even down to the best-moving lane in heavy traffic, by using real-time local data mapping via Omni-Sensing.
Upon arrival at a destination, I2V can access SAM to scan for parking spaces and park the vehicle for the driver in situations requiring difficult parking maneuvers.