This approach also allows engineers to develop and evaluate active safety solutions easier. Safety experts are able to drive real cars while wearing an AR headset at Volvo’s research facilities, testing virtual active safety systems imposed via augmented reality on the real-life environment.
Highly accurate eye-tracking technology embedded inside headset eases assessing how drivers use a new functionality and whether they are distracted in any way. This technology-based approach to measuring distraction levels ensures that car developers can create new features without causing additional distraction.
Volvo claims that no other car maker has been able to do this. However, this approach is already in use at multiple carmakers. Several years ago, Audi showed a comparable configuration for use in the development of new vehicles. BMW and truck manufacturer MAN also use similar technologies in pre-production training and configuration as well as in design verification.
The headset and Volvo Cars’ application of the technology are demonstrated at the Augmented Reality World Expo in Santa Clara, California. A patent has been filed for the application of the technology.
The collaboration between the carmaker and Varjo is expected to be further strengthened by the Volvo Cars Tech Fund’s decision to invest in Varjo. The Tech Fund is the car maker’s venture capital fund which invests in high-potential technology start-ups.