Nissan Invisible-to-Visible Technology Concept Introduces at CES 2019

Matthew Cuyugan
At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nissan has presented its vision for a vehicle that helps drivers "see the invisible." What sounds cryptic at first is only meant to mean that the company connects the real and the virtual world, creating the ultimate experience in connected cars.

Nissan Invisible-to-Visible Technology Concept Introduces at CES 2019
Nissan Invisible-to-Visible Technology Concept Introduces at CES 2019

Invisible-to-Visible, I2V for short, is what Nissan calls this project, meaning a future technology developed by the Intelligent Mobility department. A vision of how cars should be driven, controlled and integrated into society in the future.

I2V comes in the form of sensors outside and inside the vehicle and links them to real-time data from the traffic environment and from the cloud. So there's 360-degree virtual space around the car, so things like intersections, signage or nearby pedestrians are detected. So you can not only see what is in the immediate vicinity of the car, but also foresee what lies ahead - and even show what's going on behind a building or a street corner. The information is of course provided to the driver virtually in the field of vision.

"By helping you to see the invisible, I2V boosts your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable. The interactive features create an experience tailored to your interests and driving style so that everyone can enjoy it and use it in their own way." Tetsuro Ueda, Senior Vice President, Nissan Research Center said.

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The technology can also monitor the people inside the vehicle. This is done with the help of internal sensors, which can detect when the driver needs help with the search or a coffee break. But the real thing is still to come, because the I2V technology can also connect drivers and passengers with people in the virtual world. For example, family or a friend can travel as a virtual avatar in the car to help society or help.

Introducing Nissan's Invisible-to-Visible Technology at CES 2019

But that is not enough. The concept provides for both a driver-accompanying and autonomous driving mode. In the latter case, the car can even project a sunny landscape to the windows in the rain to make the ride more enjoyable for the guests.

Visitors to the CES can experience the I2V technology in the Nissan concept car and get augmented reality glasses for it. You will then be guided through various scenarios: assistance in finding an open parking space, communicating with a virtual avatar, projecting sun on a rainy day, or anticipating buildings or corners.

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