BMW is to develop virtual reality goggles to help drivers park in tricky spots by helping them ‘see through’ the car.
The eyewear is currently in development at the German carmaker’s research hub in Silicon Valley, California, according to The Financial Times.
The wearable, it is believed, will work similarly to the Google Glass in sharing information on a lens to improve safety and driving experiences. Speed data will be collected, and car sharing and travel update alerts will be projected onto the screen.
The wearable is an extension of the self-parking technologies already installed in new BMW models. Connecting with collision detection sensors and cameras in the vehicle, the goggles will project the car’s surroundings (like the pavement, pedestrians or oncoming traffic) onto the eyewear while the car’s chassis “disappears” as the driver looks over their shoulder, allowing them to parallel park with ease.
While internet giant Google has made its plans to develop the first driverless car well known, a recent study of car technology patents revealed that traditional automobile manufacturers are leading the pack when it comes to telematics, driverless technologies and in-vehicle connectivity.
The technology, which follows the closure of Google's Google Glass Explorer program, will be showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.