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GM's Augmented Reality Head-Up Display: Love It or Leave It?

Mar 18 2010 - 10:30am

Cars going geeky isn't a new trend [1], but GM is paving the way for the new wave of augmented reality technology to be used for safety instead of entertainment [2]. Its new augmented reality Head-Up Display [3] (HUD) — which is being tested now — will allow drivers in less-than-stellar driving conditions to see the outlines of the road right on their windshields.

Say you're driving in bad fog and can't see 10 feet in front of you — your car's infrared cameras and sensors will "read" the road, then project a virtual outline of the lanes on your windshield so you can see the upcoming turns and curves. I like the idea, but what if the sensors and cameras give faulty information? I see the potential, but I'm not so sure I'd trust anything but my eyes while I'm on the road. What do you think?

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