posted 5 years ago

Jaguar Virtual Windscreen Shows Track Day Enthusiasts Racing Line

Head-Up Display Shows Information Over Entire Windscreen

Amazing. The Jaguar Virtual Windscreen Concept is a head-up display that projects information over the entire windscreen – including the best line on a racetrack. Its purpose is to ensure the motorist does not have to look away from the road to the dashboard for traditional dials. The Virtual Windscreen - that could be available in Jaguar and Land Rover cars in a few years – has features for track enthusiasts and everyday motorists. Let us start with the former. Firstly, he/she sees a line that seems to be painted onto the road. This represents the fastest route. Furthermore, the colour of the line changes to indicate the best braking points. Hitting the correct line and braking points is key to a fast lap. The motorist can also race against a virtual, partially transparent,  ghost car that might appear to be ahead. Its image is created based on the motorist's previous effort or via a third party's lap. Finally, it creates a series of traffic cones for the driver to steer through. Such a concept could teach control, etc. The system can, alternatively, present information more relevant to the average driver on a public road. This includes satellite navigation instructions and hazard warnings. Amazing.

Jaguar Land Rover Gesture Control System And Virtual Rear-View Mirror

Jaguar Land Rover has other concepts too. The Gesture Control System, for example, monitors the position of the motorist's hands. It can then interpret gestures as instructions. This could be to change the radio station, cancel the sat-nav guidance, adjust the climate control and answer a hands-free call, etc. This gesture concept is familiar to those with the latest generation televisions and game consoles. The Jaguar Land Rover team has also created a system to replace the rear view/external mirrors with cameras and screens. Such a concept is not new – but the problem has been that two-dimensional images make it hard to judge speed and distance. Jaguar Land Rover has, therefore, created an instrument cluster that presents a natural-looking three-dimensional image. It operates via cameras positioned in the instrument binnacle and/or around the steering column. These track the position of motorist's head and eyes. Software within the car then adjusts the image to create a three-dimensional effect by feeding each eye with a slightly different view. This process creates the perception of depth that enables the motorist to better judge speed/distance. Amazing.