BMW is taking a page right from a science fiction novel, developing X-ray glasses that could allow drivers to see through their BMW vehicles. The glasses are designed to function as a kind-of back-up camera, and would make reversing and parking easier, allowing drivers to see through the rear and sides of their cars.
BMW’s X-Ray Glasses
According to the Financial Times, when the driver is wearing the glasses and puts their vehicle into reverse, cameras located in the back of the vehicle will project images of the car’s surroundings onto the glass’s lenses. When the driver turns to look out the back of the vehicle, those images will make it appear that the car has “disappeared,” removing all blind spots and obstructions of view.
BMW is keeping hush-hush about the project, but many reports suggest that the automaker is hoping to keep up with competing “smart glasses” like Google Glass. If that’s the case, we would expect that BMW’s X-ray glasses would offer additional functionality, outside of the vehicle. Some reports suggest that the glasses could display real-time information, like speed, and car-sharing information, like public transportation and traffic updates.
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BMW’s X-ray glasses remain under lock-and-key for the time being, but BMW is planning to demonstrate the futuristic technology at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. X-Ray glasses and see-through cars may become a reality far sooner than anyone expected.
Here at Casey BMW, we think this is an exciting time for car manufacturers; the possibilities seem endless. We can’t wait to learn more about X-ray glasses in April!