Pioneer debuts first augmented reality navigation system
Pioneer has launched a new in-dash navigation system called the AVIC-VH09CS. It has everything you normally see for a new-generation double-din system: a 7-inch LCD, DVD and CD player, USB and SD card slots, and Bluetooth connectivity. But what’s special about this new model is its Augmented Reality (AR) Scouter Mode.
The double-din head-unit wirelessly connects to a camera installed on the windshield, streaming video and layering the sat-nav information over the image. The system integrates with the road, highlighting lanes, identifying stores and creating 3D representations of destinations so you know exactly where you’re going. It even allows you to “augment” the vehicle in front of you, so if that minivan is too staid for your tastes, the system will superimpose something sexier (think Ferrari) on top.
The AVIC-VH09CS is due to go on sale later this month. The bad news: It’s only available in Japan and comes with a price tag of $3,700.
SOURCE via Pioneer