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Mini reveals 'Augmented Vision' eyewear concept

The computerized eyewear presents relevant information in the driver\'s field of vision, without concealing the view of the road or potential obstacles.

Mini has revealed an eyewear prototype, known as Augmented Vision, that integrates head-up display (HUD) technology.

The eyewear, apparently inspired by World War II-era aviation goggles, has been developed in collaboration with several Qualcomm companies. The electronic components appear to be tucked away in the temples and above the lenses.

Mini promises the see-through technology presents relevant information in the driver's direct field of vision, without concealing the road or potential obstacles. The approach is said to maximize safety and increase comfort while driving.

The company has thought of a long list of potential applications, both in and out of the vehicle. Drivers could choose a destination before getting to the vehicle, and walking guidance would be presented before the navigation is automatically transferred to the in-vehicle system.

The eyewear can also serve as a supplemental display of gauge information, such as current speed, along with incoming text messages or navigation arrows virtually aligned with the actual road. The AR system could even be configured to provide an 'x-ray' view through the A-pillars or doors, or project the mirror-mounted camera views to help with parking.

"We are proud to have helped develop a breakthrough augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile," said Qualcomm Connected Experiences VP Jay Wright. "MINI Augmented Vision offers a compelling example of what's possible today, and what we can expect in the future."

The company has not yet outlined any production plan for the eyewear concept.

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