MINI augmented vision eyewear enhances safety using head-up display
all images courtesy of BMW group




unveiled at the 2015 auto shanghai show, the MINI ‘augmented vision’ eyewear concept provides improved comfort and safety, using see-through technology and a head-up display. representing the brand’s flair and creativity, the prototype was created with the help of designworks and developed in collaboration with several qualcomm companies. the augmented reality headwear shows relevant information in the driver’s direct field of vision, most commonly just above the steering wheel, but without concealing other road users. destination navigation, augmented parking and miles traveled are functions that are provided by the device. as well as this, its contact-analogue and points of interest feature displays turning arrows and useful marks to highlight places such as open parking spaces. furthermore, the X-ray view offers a virtual perspective through parts of the vehicle such as the A-pillars and doors, that are not usually visible.





‘MINI augmented vision gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a MINI car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future,’ explains Dr. jörg preißinger, project-manager MINI augmented vision, BMW group research and technology.


he added; ‘working with several qualcomm companies, we have created an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear with a characteristic MINI design that revolutionise the experience both in and outside the vehicle. this prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand’s trademark sense of lifestyle.’

its functions enable a more comfortable and safe driving experience




‘we are proud to have helped develop a breakthrough augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile,’ says jay wright, vice president, qualcomm connected experiences, inc. ‘MINI augmented vision offers a compelling example of what’s possible today, and what we can expect in the future.’

the information is displayed without concealing other road users


the X-ray view feature enables drivers to see through obstructive parts of the vehicle




the device was revealed at the 2015 auto shanghai show


side view of the MINI augmented vision concept


top view of the headwear


its controlling buttons are placed on the side