In the car through “augmented reality”: BMW shows the “mixed reality” course.

In the car through “augmented reality”: BMW shows the “mixed reality” course.


BMW used an example to show how the car company could transport real cars into the Metaverse: With the VR glasses on, you drive an online course in an empty car. What looks scary from the outside worked in practice during a test run in Lisbon. However, it took many journalists who were present a little bit of energy to participate in the experiment.

BMW has adapted two new models of the M2 sports car for a proof of concept: On the center console of the cockpit, the tracking system processes Manufacturer of Weilheimer ART very high resolution data VR headset from Finnish producer Varjo. This data and the position of the car is stored in the computer that BMW has installed in the trunk and does not show it. It’s a “high-end gaming computer,” said a BMW engineer

ART monitoring system

ART monitoring system

A monitoring system from ART on the center console records the driver’s movements.

(Photo: Wolfgang Groeger / BMW)

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The computer creates a normal course on the headset, where obstacles must be avoided and coins collected. The main thing here: the headset only shows the virtual scene on the windows, the driver sees the interior of the car through the camera. This creates a realistic image of the ordinary external world.

BMW mixed reality

BMW mixed reality

The author of this report is skeptical before starting the course, but later puts his foot on the gas pedal.

(Photo: Wolfgang Groeger / BMW)

In a real test, journalists present were each asked to do three laps on a virtual race track. One can always see that the first cycle had a healthy doubt about the setting before the barriers fell and the actual gas pedal was pressed more.

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American video blogger Horatiu Boeriu covered his experience with BMW’s “mixed reality” in Lisbon.

BMW does not yet have a specific product for its “mixed reality” concept. But you can imagine a lot, it was said in Lisbon on the sidelines of the Web Summit of the technology conference. So it is possible to introduce the safety training of drivers and the system. Or you can allow potential customers to test drive their car in any desired environment. “Anyway, now we’re involved in the Metaverse as well,” the engineer smiled.

Note: BMW has covered the author’s travel expenses to the Webinar.


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