Check out the new ‘Jaguar Virtual Windscreen’ in this amazing video. We’re not sure if we should be pleased or relieved it’s still only a concept…
On the safety side the device projects hazard, speed, and navigation icons across the entire windscreen, but they’ve also taken a chunk of inspiration from the Playstation generation. (Do you mean us? Ed.) Not only can you get a ‘virtual racing line’ projected on the screen which changes colour to show when to brake, and so on, but it can even project a ‘ghost image’ of a previous lap for you to chase. Even virtual cones can be laid out on the track ahead for training purposes, and then repositioned as the driver’s performance improves. Life on the M25 may never be the same again.
The Playstation doesn’t appear to be the only source of inspiration either. Something called ‘E-Field Sensing’ technology will enable gesture-control à la Nintendo Wii, which means that we’ll be wafting our hands around to operate certain controls in the cabin without ever taking our eyes off the road. Very clever stuff.
Jaguar’s Director of Research and Technology, Dr Wolfgang Epple says: ‘The system is currently being tested on a number of features including sunblinds, rear wipers and satellite navigation maps. It has the potential to be on sale within the next few years.’
Not content with enhancing safety and performance looking forwards out of the car, the research team is also looking into replacing rear view mirrors with cameras and virtual displays, and even head-and-eye tracking technology to create a three-dimensional image on the instrument panel.