Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed the first lidar-based augmented reality head-up display for use in vehicles.
The technology, developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, Oxford University, and University College London (UCL), is based on lidar – a technology for obtaining and processing information about distant objects using active optical systems that use the phenomena of absorption and scattering of light in optically transparent media.
Based on the lidar data, ultra-high-definition holographic images of road objects are created for the driver.
According to data collected from the streets of central London, holographic images appear in the driver’s field of view according to their actual position, thus creating augmented reality. This can be especially useful when objects such as road signs are hidden behind trees or trucks. The new development allows you to literally see through obstacles.
Using lidar, the researchers scanned Malet Street, a busy street in central London. Millions of impulses were sent from several positions along Male Street. The lidar data was then combined with the point cloud data to create a 3D model.
In the future, the researchers hope to improve their system by personalizing the layout of the head-mounted displays.