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Nissan helps drivers see the invisible at CES

Invisible-to-visible uses information from sensors and data from the cloud

Published: January 6, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 14, 2019, 3:52 AM

Nissan i2V technology concept

Nissan is going to CES 2019 with a vision — the ability to see the invisible, in order to create a driving experience not yet matched.

Nissan i2V technology concept

Nissan calls it Invisible-To-Visible (i2V), a part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision for changing the way cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. The CES display will consist of an interactive, 3-dimensional immersion where show attendees can enter a demonstration cockpit with augmented reality goggles and be treated through a virtual tour of driving scenarios such as city driving, finding a mall parking space, racing around a track, and especially seeing around corners and through buildings.

i2V merges information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data collected from the cloud, tracking the vehicle’s immediate surroundings (through the company’s existing ProPilot semiautonomous system) to provide information on road and intersection status, cutting through visibility challenges (such as rain and fog) and monitoring vehicle occupants to see when they may need assistance or simply to stay alert.

Nissan i2V technology concept

Guidance is presented in an interactive way, such as through avatars that appear inside the cabin. The avatars can even take on the guise of family members, friends and celebrities, if desired. Mood enhancements can take on the form of projecting sunny-weather scenery during miserable rainy-day driving.

“By helping you see the invisible, i2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable,” said Tetsuro Ueda, an expert leader at the Nissan Research Center. “The interactive features create an experience that’s tailored to your interests and driving style so that anyone can enjoy using it in their own way.”

Nissan i2V technology concept

Among the potential, is the ability to have a knowledgeable local guide to help drivers in unfamiliar areas, available in real time during driving.

During driving, i2V will not only provide information about traffic conditions and estimated travel time, but also offer up suggestions on which lane of traffic is moving best, and provide a full field-of-vision overlay to help drivers prepare for corners in poor-visibility condition, irregular road surfaces, and oncoming traffic that may not be easily identifiable.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist steering wheel controls

And when the car arrives at its destination, i2V will not only get information on available parking spaces, but also park the vehicle in spaces that may be difficult for the driver to manoeuvre or restrict the ability to exit and then re-enter the vehicle.