US: Google has been granted a patent that brings several of its ideas, including augmented reality and Street View, into one single satellite navigation system. The patent is titled “Panoramic images within driving directions” and describes a GPS guidance system that overlays information via a video feed onto your windscreen. Utilising 3D models, live video feeds, 360-degree video and images, your route could be shown in a heads-up display such as your windshield, or even Google Glass.
With current technology, to actually see your route, you have to take your eyes off the road. With this augmented reality setup, the road will become your display.
This concept could make its way into future vehicles. Buying a car with Google Maps pre-loaded, and an advanced heads-up display, would be a great value for anyone in the market for a new car.