Augmented reality for intuitive navigation and driver safety
New way of bringing safety and convenience into in-car experience
The complicated road systems and pouring unrefined driving-related data are cornering drivers on the road into a stressful situation. Therefore, drivers expect guide and assistance, instead of a bunch of uninterpreted information, that will help them out to check the road state, find the route to the destination, and navigate safe and conveniently.
Augmented reality (AR) that connects the real world to the virtual world has come to the forefront as a core technology that can improve drivers’ safety and convenience.
Conniro AR is an automotive-grade AR solution that provides key driving information. It is integrated with a variety of sensors such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), front cameras, navigation, and GPS. Computer-generated visual information is added to displays including head-up display (HUD) and center information display (CID) as AR in three dimensions or as non-AR in two dimensions, raising intuitiveness of road data presentation and allowing convenient driving.
Reduction of time and costs
Conniro AR’s SDK removes framework dependency in development of AR applications. It supports plugins for multiple HMI frameworks (CGI Studio, Kanzi, Qt, Adobe After Effects), so developers only need one AR design and can reuse it in another framework, accelerating the development process.
With automotive SoCs such as NVIDIA O’hara and Qualcomm 8155, Conniro AR conducts performance profiling for the AR engine’s functions and specifications, and based on the result, it optimizes the AR engine’s operation and minimizes CPU and memory usage. By doing so, it resolves performance issues including heating, speed degradation, and CPU shortage, allowing OEMs to make the best use of automotive SoCs.
Conniro AR has grown to an automotive AR solution applicable to a wide range of displays through diverse development experiences for production together with automotive OEMs.
- Produced AR-HUD for European models (Oct, 2020)
- Developed AR navigation for infotainment of North American models (2nd half, 2020)
- Launched U + AR navigation service using a navigation app for smart phones (July, 2020)
- Developed AR navigation for Hyundai’s GV80 (Jan, 2020)
Independent AR core engine
Conniro AR holds its own AR engine technology and provides an environment where platform-independent functions can be developed. It enables adoption of the AR engine on various OS (Linux, Android) without platform dependency. For integration with sensors and functions of a vehicle, Conniro AR’s core engine is accompanied by sensor interface guides, API guides, and code-based engine software and tools.
Support for various devices
Based on the AR engine, which is the core of the AR technology, application for various types of displays, including CID and HUD, can be developed. Developers can use functions of the AR core engine regardless of display type or platform they adopt based on the data acquired from vehicle sensors.
A sensor data adapter is provided to process data generated by displays and sensors of a vehicle. Conniro AR’s software development kit (SDK) offers an interface to merge and process data from navigation, GPS, sensors, etc. It corrects the error of sensor data through sensor fusion and provides highly accurate AR images.
For developer convenience, a variety of tools including plugins for multiple HMI frameworks (CGI Studio, Kanzi, Qt, Adobe After Effects), UI composer for development of AR applications, test tool, and emulator are available, together with interface guides for easy development of AR applications. With those tools and guides, developers can create advanced HMI such as 3D carpets, ADAS objects, land highlights, turn-by-turn overlay, and AR destination signs.
3D Lane Carpet
It shows the lane where the driver should drive. Onto the lane to drive, it adds an carpet image to mark the lane (※ Patented technology of LG Electronics)
It overlays an image guiding the direction to drive to inform the driver about the remaining distance and direction until the next turn.
AR Arrows at Turning Points
It displays big AR arrows in a direction to turn at turning points, assisting the driver to easily identify where to head.
AR Destination Sign
To mark the point to go by or of destination, an icon is overlaid onto the point (building or road).
Point-of-interest (POI) Highlight
For POIs on the route, their details and icons are overlaid on their positions in the scene. The size of the pin is adjusted depending on the distance.
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