COMMENT: When augmented reality does its job, we’ll all want a self-driving car

AR has a key role to play in the success of autonomous driving, writes Sravan Puttagunta

Sports fans will be familiar with augmented reality (AR), where TV broadcasters superimpose virtual lines and diagrams on the field, manually marking up video playbacks to highlight key manoeuvres and strategies. This helps viewers focus on points of interest, rather than looking at everything on the screen. In this case, AR technology provides an instantaneous, mental shortcut to understanding; viewers need not guess where the action is on their TV or what’s going on. The drawn-in overlay provides that direction.

When AR is used for autonomous vehicles, there will be a similar benefit; it can help the car quickly figure out where to focus attention as it drives, eliminating…

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