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Augmented reality for displaying hidden moving objects to car drivers Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242993D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 184K

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In this note we describe a method to utilize augmented reality for making drivers aware of hidden moving objected, in order to allow their cognition to process the information faster and act accordingly. The idea suggests to make use of existing road-safety curved mirrors, or to replace these mirrors with one or more broadcasting elements. The approaching cars would utilize computer vision, triangulation, etc. in order to calculate the position of moving hidden objects. These objects will then be displayed to the driver via augmented reality.

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Augmented reality for displaying hidden moving objects to car drivers

When a car approaches a junction that is surrounded by buildings/trees/cliffs, it is difficult to see if other cars (or moving objects) are approaching from another direction.

A car driving in the main road (who doesn't need to stop at the junction) may not be aware of another car approaching on the side road. Should the other car not stop, the driver of the first car may be too surprised to act.

A current solution is provided by low-tech road-safety curved mirrors that allow both drivers to "peek around the corner".

However, this solution does not support human cognition, as it mirrors a side movement to seem as if it is in the front - the driver needs to process the information seen in the mirror and translate it into an understanding that a car is approaching from the side.

As said above, the idea is to augment the moving car around the corner over the side window of the car, so that the driver's instincts become aware of it in its real location.


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As the car approaches a curved mirror, it could snap a picture of process the mirrored scene. Placing two low-tech curved mirrors side by side may provide the required 3D information for assessing distance/depth.

Alternatively, two inexpensive mirrors could be placed on two sides of the mirror (or a different traffic pole) and transfer their streams to cognitive cars.

It is assumed that the provided images/video can be processed to i...