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Nissan to demonstrate 'see through buildings' technology

Date: 04 January 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Nissan has developed a concept for vehicle technology that uses virtual reality to allow drivers to see hidden dangers coming up ahead. 

Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V, is to be showcased at the CES trade show in Las Vegas through an interactive, 3D immersive experience.

It works by merging information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, allowing the system not only to track the vehicle's immediate surroundings but also to anticipate what's ahead - even showing what's behind a building or around a corner. 

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 interior sensors to better anticipate when they may need assistance.

Other features of the system include accessing data on new places visited to warn of hazards such as potholes and traffic jams, and even, in an autonomously driven car, projecting scenery from a sunny day if it is raining outside.

Nissan Research Centre expert leader Tetsuro Ueda said: "By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable.

"The interactive features create an experience that's tailored to your interests and driving style so that anyone can enjoy using it in their own way."