The use of augmented reality could have far-reaching implications for navigation systems, with multiple automakers already deploying the technology to enhance the way vehicles display information about driving conditions and the surrounding environment.
As advanced driver-assistance systems and autonomous driving continue to evolve, augmented reality technologies could also be an enhancement, providing a more immersive experience for passengers and drivers as their gaze can finally leave the road.
Basemark, a software company that specializes in automotive software, has started implementing AR applications for BMW Group, including an AR over-video application available in some of the automaker's models such as the full-electric BMW iX crossover.
These apps use vehicle sensor data and computer vision functionality to put AR-enhanced information on the vehicle's central information display when navigation is enabled.
The front-view camera sends live footage to a curved touch screen, where interactive arrows appear to show the driver exactly where they need to go.
Upcoming turning maneuvers and lane recommendations are shown to the driver, while the map remains visible thanks to a split-screen functionality.