Can a car be used as a video game controller? BMW has the answer
For this technology to work, the BMW driver first receives a VR headset, which has cameras attached to the exterior.
BMW is working on a mixed reality headset for its vehicles, and the system was first integrated into a 2023 BMW M2. The VR headset was combined with the vehicle to create a game that combines game visuals with game physics. real world. The creation is called ///M Mixed Reality and works by first placing a driver in a real car. Although the technology was first placed in the M2, conceptually it can work in any vehicle.
For this technology to work, the driver first gets a VR headset, which has cameras attached to the exterior. Thanks to it, the driver can see the real world, although it can probably be combined with augmented reality additions. The car is then placed in a large empty parking lot and the real-world visuals are edited; the game then takes on its full meaning.
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A demo of the video game involving the BMW M2 with YouTube personality and sim racer Jimmy Broadbent shows that the visuals that can be seen on screen are completely divorced from reality and look more like a cyberpunk Mario Kart track.
The virtual world has a constructed autocross course, through which Broadbent must navigate and set a fast time. The BMW M coins that help him reduce his time, and obstruct him are virtual blockages that discourage him from using half of the track. “It felt like a ride in a theme park. I felt like I was sitting on a roller coaster that I was controlling, which is always kind of scary,” he said.
On a large enough concrete slab, where any number of real mixed reality racing tracks can be simulated, the BMW M2 can be a fun toy to have. “Anyone who asks what virtual experiences in the automotive sector could look like in the future: this is the answer,” said Frank van Meel, CEO of M GmbH.
Date of first publication: November 13, 2022, 1:38 PM IST