Pioneer Unveils 'Augmented Reality' Sat-Nav


As catchy model designations go, the new Pioneer AVIC-VH09CS does not score highly, but it is a pretty special sat-nav, because it is the first 'augmented reality' system to go on sale.

This 'Scouter Mode' uses a windscreen camera that wirelessly streams video to the seven-inch LCD head unit, and layers the navigation information over the real-time image. So far, so clever.

But what's really trick is that the system can highlight in real time the movements of other cars, the layout of lanes on the road, and it can even tell you whether or not the traffic light up ahead is green (before you would be able to discern that for yourself, we mean).

You can alsio 'augment' reality in other ways, such as superimposing an image of a supercar over the vehicle in front of you and, less whimsically and more practically, highlighting your destination with an easy-to-recognise 3D icon.

We can't decide whether this is more like Tron, or the view that Arnie sees in Terminator 2. Either way we think it's quite cool, if a little bit weird and scary.

If you fancy trying it you might just have to move to Japan, though, as it's only available there for now. And have £2250 (300,000 yen) to spend on a sat-nav system.

If your Japanese is good enough (or you have Google Chrome) you can check out Pioneer's press release here.

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  • Stew2000 10 May 2011

    Be good if you could program ANPR so you can spot pistonheads people more easily biggrin

  • V8 GRF 10 May 2011

    Love the blue 'target' on the bottom screen. Fabulous for getting the 'missile lock' on that car that just won't shift from the middle lane hehe

  • Hellbound 10 May 2011

    Stew2000 said:
    Be good if you could program ANPR so you can spot pistonheads people more easily biggrin
    That coupled with a massive head up wind screen display and you could have something amazing.

    And then.....you could like...have apps and mini games...so like, if you're following another PHer...you could be shooting each other on the HUD over mobile internet...kinda like in Star Wars...and and and....then you'd make them crash. Now THAT would be CoooL, I think.

  • jp-speed-triple 10 May 2011

    "where possible....make a U turn."

    isn't that screen just about impossible to look at quickly adn get any info from? Surely it needs to be HUD....then they have something.

  • Hellbound 10 May 2011

    V8 GRF said:
    Love the blue 'target' on the bottom screen. Fabulous for getting the 'missile lock' on that car that just won't shift from the middle lane hehe
    Can you imagine, you're all off out on a family trip to the lakes for the day...when...after an hour into the journey up the M4...all of a sudden... >>>WARNING...WARNING...WEAPONS LOCK DETECTED<<<

    "Hang on kids...this may get a little bumpy. Deploy chaff....DEPLOY CHAFF DAMMIT....CURSE THIS INFERNAL KIA!"

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