The Jaguar Virtual Windscreen Brings Videogame Tech into the Car [Video]
The next time you get into a new Jaguar, you might be led to believe you’re strapped into the latest videogame racing sim. That’s because Jaguar Land Rover is pioneering real-world technology that gamers will be quite familiar with. Jaguar’s ‘Virtual Windscreen’ concept transforms a car’s entire windscreen into a virtual heads-up display. Other systems in the past have displayed pertinent details like speed, G-force, and satellite navigation, but the Jaguar system goes further by adding real-time braking and acceleration lines, lap-time statistics, and even ghost cars.
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The virtual racing lines carve up the track to show the optimal route with different colors denoting when to speed up or slow down. Lap-time statistics are delivered in real-time and note things like position, pace, and fastest lap.
It’ll undoubtedly be a big hit with track-day racers that are looking for the technological edge in bagging the perfect lap, but also as a teaching tool as well. An additional feature adds virtual cones that can be laid out on the track to assist in driver training programs.
Just don’t forget you’re actually behind the wheel of a heavy speeding object, and not sitting in your living room. There’s no rewind button in real life.
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