Android app puts signs where they should be
Drivers glued to mobiles - what could possibly go wrong?
Augmented reality offers many exciting possibilities and applications, but encouraging drivers to gaze at a mobile-phone screen when behind the wheel surely isn't one of them.
Wikitude Drive overlays directional arrows, lane guides and text onto reality, as captured on an Android handset's camera. This enables a driver to see where he's going without taking his eyes off the road, or, more accurately, without taking his eyes off the part of the road visible on a 4-inch LCD screen.
If you find the idea of holding a mobile phone in front of your face while driving scary then take a look at the promotional video:
To be fair to Mobilizy, the application's developers, the demonstration appears to take place with the user in the passenger seat, but how often does one rely on a passenger to read the sat-nav?
Mobilizy is the company responsible for the Wikitude travel guide that provides information about local landmarks and places, gleaned from Wikipedia, simply by pointing a mobile phone's camera at them.
A travel guide-augmented reality makes perfect sense, and perhaps one day a windscreen-mounted head-up display could incorporate signage, but until then we'll keep the technology for pedestrian applications, and hope everyone else does likewise. ®
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Basicly if one can not navigate on their own (without an asisted sat nav) people should not be on the road.
One excellect possibility would be to tell the fuckwits that drive slow in the passing lane to move the F over!
Surely this is no different to using a sat nav?? Why not have a screen mount?
How would that be any more dangerous?
Thumbs up for me, but I'll never use it as sat nav's are pointless anyway.
Nowt wrong with rolling down the window and asking directions, or reading a map.
Surely this isn't as useful as a 'normal' map display?
I can already see what is in front of my vehicle through the handily provided windows, what I want to know is what is coming up out of my sight, like roundabouts, junctions and the third turning on the left I'm supposed to take in a mile or so.
A 2D map display shows me all this with little visual clutter, and with voice prompts I don't even need to look at it, although a quick glance to see the distance to the exit I need off the motorway allows me to make sure I'm in the right lane nice and early.
My girlfriend with a map could do the same job probably just as well, but she can't sit in the passenger seat for more than five minutes without falling asleep. :)