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Jaguar F-Type  (Source: Road and Track)
Jaguar Land Rover looks to bring Gran Turismo to your windshield

General Motors revealed its Performance Data Recorder (PDR) for the Chevrolet Corvette earlier this year that uses a front-mounted 720p camera to capture video of your endeavors on the track complete with overlaid telemetry data (gear selection, braking force, RPM, lap time, etc.). Using a 32GB SD card, the PDR is able to record 800 minutes of hotdoggin’ around the track.
 
Today, Jaguar Land Rover is taking things a step further by announcing the “Jaguar Virtual Windscreen” concept. For those of you familiar with console games like Gran Turismo or Forza, the Jaguar Virtual Windscreen projects pertinent vehicle information onto your entire windshield, giving you what amounts to a video game experience in the real world.
 
“By presenting the highest quality imagery possible, a driver need only look at a display once, said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover. “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.”
 

The Jaguar Virtual Windscreen, which is more than a few steps beyond the heads up displays (HUDs) available in many vehicles today, can display 3D tachometer, speedometer, and navigations across the entire windshield. And for racing aficionados, it provides real life “track hacks” such as racing line and braking guidance for when you hit the circuits.
 
For those that truly want the ultimate in video game transference, a ghost car mode is available which displays a “virtualized” rendition of your car from a previous lap on the windshield, which you can then try to outrace on subsequent laps. Or if you prefer, you can upload previous laps completed by other drivers to race against.
 
The system works by using cameras mounted in front of the drive to track head and eye movement. Using this information, software algorithms can then accurately project a “spec-free” 3D image on the windshield with the correct perspective based on the driver’s movements.
 
The Jaguar Virtual Windscreen is just a concept for now, but it hopes to deploy the technology in production vehicles within the next few years. It should also be noted that Ford is also using interior cameras to simplify the activation of secondary controls in vehicles.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover



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COOOL!
By ComputerJuice on 7/10/2014 8:46:56 PM , Rating: 3
I hope to god there is a "lasers & explosions" add-on.




RE: COOOL!
By BZDTemp on 7/11/2014 4:16:15 AM , Rating: 2
No need, they just need to let the system keep score, award points for overtaking, power slides and of course keep track of high scores on a route level. Imagine commuting and trying to beat you high score for that route you do everyday, sure would make it a bit more fun :-)


RE: COOOL!
By Nightbird321 on 7/11/2014 8:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, unless it's on a private track that's a great way to lose your license and get killed lol


RE: COOOL!
By degobah77 on 7/11/2014 9:38:44 AM , Rating: 2
You can be a spirited driver without breaking the law.


RE: COOOL!
By jRaskell on 7/11/2014 11:06:29 AM , Rating: 2
I guess we have different ideas of what constitutes 'spirited' driving.


RE: COOOL!
By degobah77 on 7/11/2014 11:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
All I meant was that spirited driving does not equal racing.


RE: COOOL!
By Adonlude on 7/11/2014 12:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
Thats no fun... U even drift bro?


RE: COOOL!
By BZDTemp on 7/12/2014 5:26:04 AM , Rating: 3
For sure and I was of course not being serious - thought that would be obvious given where the thread was going in the first place.

Just for the record. What ever you do in a car safety must ALWAYS be priority #1, that is so be it on a race track and even more so on public roads.

On a race tracks the world is more predictable which is part of why one can go a lot faster and still be reasonably safe, but still needs to be prepared for anything it is just that on public roads the risk of that "anything" is much higher which is why we all must remember to drive with higher safety margins in traffic.

My philosophy on the roads is to expect everyone else to sometimes do stupid things - and also try my best not to do stupid things myself. Nobody is perfect.


RE: COOOL!
By Amiga500 on 7/11/2014 4:43:40 AM , Rating: 2
The TVR mode has engine explosions as standard.


RE: COOOL!
By inperfectdarkness on 7/12/2014 2:22:40 AM , Rating: 1
Extremely cool...until someone loses the ability to differentiate from virtual reality and REALITY. Hell, my sense of appropriate driving speed is affected when I've spent the day riding roller-coasters & stuff. I mean, this is a bad-a$$ idea and all, but I do see the potential for danger.


RE: COOOL!
By Manch on 7/14/2014 5:53:00 AM , Rating: 1
Elimination mode. Last place on the lap gets their car slowed down and forced to pit! This is actually pretty cool. I hope other companies see this and a third party solution is offered. If that happens, Forza will be collecting dust.


Carmageddon
By roykahn on 7/11/2014 5:22:42 PM , Rating: 4
Please let there be a carmageddon edition of the software.




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