The global tech giant Microsoft has partnered with the pioneering automaker Volkswagen to bring the Microsoft HoloLens 2 to the latter’s cars. The two entities are exploring the possible use cases of the HoloLens device within a moving vehicle and have developed a ‘moving platform’ model for the headset.
The ‘moving platform’ for HoloLens 2 mitigates numerous critical limitations of VR headsets and unlocks new potential for the device. For instance, it can help train drivers to handle challenging road conditions better, develop new autonomous vehicle scenarios, and more. Microsoft will soon begin sharing the ‘moving platform’ technology with other enterprises in the sector.
Volkswagen has been exploring augmented reality tech and its possible applications in the auto industry for years. The company has been experimenting with self-piloted vehicles and AR to train racers to drive on race tracks.
The carmaker had previously inked a partnership with Microsoft back in 2018, wherein they developed a prototype system to enable a car to display real-time information on a connected VR headset. However, they could not make the device work properly as its sensor lost tracing within a moving vehicle.
Nevertheless, the updated system can place virtual objects both inside and outside the car. HoloLens 2 will project a virtual map overlayed on the car’s dashboard displaying navigation arrows and information about key intersections. It will also highlight a holographic pedestrian warning at crosswalks, indicating that drivers should be extra careful.
The current partnership between the two companies is extensively focused on future research. Microsoft’s ‘moving platform’ has already been deployed for use on ships. The company also plans to further adapt it for use in elevators, trains, and other moving environments.
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