Virtual Reality

Audi's new technology transforms your boring car into a spaceship, here's how

by Ankit Chawla

Carmaker Audi and entertainment giant Disney have collaborated to harness virtual reality into a space never tried before.

Essentially, the German car manufacturer announced at CES 2019 that it is working on in-car entertainment that involves the use of VR. This technology will allow VR to transform the regular forward, backward, and lateral movements of the car into an exciting adventure.

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Obviously not meant for the person in the driver's seat, this technology will change lives for those who think sitting aimlessly in a car to be a mundane job. It can also act wonders for cab frequenters during their office commute.

Four years in development, this technology works by gathering basic data about the car and its surroundings. It also records information like the car's speed, acceleration, braking, and GPS coordinates.

A demo shown to Digital Trends at the trade show had them immersed in Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run in outer space, while the car zoomed past the 90mph mark and braked and turned like crazy. This Disney-owned game has been designed specifically for this system.

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Audi, however, believes entertainment and gaming are not the only use cases for this kind of a system. It can be used for science and educational purposes as well, helping users utilise the wasteful commute hours by learning new stuff in an interactive format.

However, that said, we are getting closer to a world where we have screens glued to our eyes at all times. We are beginning to embrace a life like the one shown in the Fifteen Million Merits episode of Black Mirror Season 1. But, wasn't that already the case ever since smartphones went mainstream? Something for you to think about.

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