Ghost car navigation and more on next-gen auto tech

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

jag ghost carThere’s a joke in here somewhere about ghost drivers in the sky (or something). Jaguar is working on a research project involving ‘Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation”, whereby an image of a car is projected ahead of the windscreen to indicate directions, as well as embedding screens within each roof pillar to give a 360-degree view out, and combining all these with an advanced head-up display. The 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen could be cloud-integrated to preset info on parking spaces, petrol prices and other infrastructural details, as well as navigation by landmarks.

  • The Bollore Bluecars – as per the Paris Autolib’on-demand EV-share – are coming to London in summer 2015, reports Autocar, which appears to have the latest say on dates/timing/extent of the scheme. But the Bluecars will actually be red… as per London buses. Autocar this week also has some news from Renault, including: a two-cylinder diesel engine for emerging markets; a Twizy mini-truck; plus a small hatch concept called Value Up, exploring weight- and cost-saving through the use of materials such as bamboo, with a stripped-down bench-seat interior.
  • And BMW is to debut its smartphone/smartwatch-controlled Remote Parking Valet system at CES in January; its display the week after at NAIS in Detroit, meanwhile, is to showcase new add-ons to its ConnectedDrive tech suite including auto map updating; more on ChargeNow and ParkNow (including ParkNow Longterm, to match i-drivers with a permanent space/charging facility), and the latest from DriveNow plus battery second-life projects and some hydrogen fuel cell tech.
  • Carrots, not sticks: the authorities in Milan are teaming up with insurers to ‘reward’ car owners – to the tune of a daily public transport ticket or so – not to drive into the city centre. This is monitored via in-car telematics. (FT, via AutoblogGreen)
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