Recently I reported on the F-35 jet fighter's awesome helmet that lets pilots see through the cockpit floor. Unfortunately, that helmet costs $400,000 a pop, and it only works with a $337 million jet, so it's a little expensive for most folks.
However, the same technology could soon be in your car, if one car manufacturer has its way. And instead of a full helmet, you'd just be wearing a set of bulky glasses.
Mini is bringing a new kind of heads-up display to its cars. Instead of putting information on the dashboard, you wear some glasses and have information put in front of your eyes no matter where you look. It's very similar to Microsoft's revolutionary HoloLens.
Damon Lavrinc of Jalopnik took them for a spin and here's what he had to say.
In a highly choreographed and tightly controlled demo, I sat in a parked Cooper in front of a massive screen projecting my “drive” around town. Street names floated above intersections and business names hovered next to buildings; my speed and the speed limit was displayed at the bottom of my field of view; and engaging but subtle animated arrows shot ahead and through corners to tell me where to turn. When I got a “text message” from a “friend” I tapped a button on the steering wheel and it was read aloud.
The glasses include sensors to tell where you're looking and there are a few buttons so you can control how much you see. However, that's not the coolest part.