• Aug 27, 2010
Augmented Driving App – Click above to watch video after the jump

There are perhaps as many automotive-themed iPhone apps out there as there are cars on the road. From handy programs that help you find your car to apps designed to help you avoid pesky speed traps, now couldn't be a better time to own a vehicle and an iPhone. Heck, if you're really creative, you can even drive your vehicle from the safety of your handheld's touch screen. That's not to say that every app out there is a great leap forward, though. Take Augmented Driving, for instance.

The program is an absolute wonder. Once your iPhone is fixed on a special mount, Augmented Driving can offer up lane departure warnings, vehicle speed, the tilt of the road and even pick out vehicles ahead of you. Unfortunately, you have to be paying attention to the tiny screen stuck to your windshield in order to receive any of the benefits. You do get a bevy of audible warnings, but they're largely for problems you could easily see if your eyes were up and on the road where they should be. You can hit the jump to check out Augmented Driving in action, or hop over to the app's site for more information.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      So....what is the point of this?

      It's nothing more than proof of concept with hardly any application to the act of driving. Just serves as an additional distraction tool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be neat to see on Android. A lot of android phones have video-out and you might be able to rig up some sort of HUD using the windscreen.

      Anyone up for a challenge?
        • 4 Years Ago
        iPhone can do video out from it's dock connector, also.

        A transparent overlay screen, or a HUD projection system that does basics, and then can do augmented reality when a high-power device like this is plugged in, would be cool.

        But it also relies on camera placement, and uses the phone's on-board camera, unless that can be slaved to a remote CCD as well...

        Or some company could build a dedicated embedded system that does pretty much the same thing, built into the car.

        But a simple windshield mount, plus the device that you already carry, is nicely portable, and can move from car to car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something like this embedded into the windscreen could actually be really useful and good, as long as it isn't too intrusive.
      The future is going to be awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is so much safer than actually paying attention to the 'big screen' (aka view out the windows/windshield).
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will finally bring mobility to the near sighted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people are going to be driving with this thing mounted right in front of their face, like a mini windshield..
        • 4 Years Ago
        They already do that with navigation systems.

        I don't even like my gauges at full brightness, I don't know how people can drive at night with a 5" LED screen a foot from their face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A. Lots of redundant information you get on your dashboard already (speedo, again?).
      B. Glare at night from rear headlights (other cars) is going to render this useless.
      C. So when you change lanes the tracked object is the car in the previous lane, so you'll hit the car in front of you in the new lane likely. I care about cars coming into my view, not cars I already know about.
      D. Worse UI ever! Should take note from Garmin, Navigon, Magellan, or even Google. They know that efficient UIs are needed in a car device--form follows function.
      E.Fog? Rain?, Low contrast? oncoming headlights (majority of roads). Dirty windshield (yes, we're all clean freaks).

      The funny thing is this is an app you can buy and this autoblog post will make the author a GOOD amount of cash @$2.99 a pop for an app that will be hardly used. It's got all the buzz tech words and "iPhone", and no warning/disclaimer on the website (on the app it appears), so it's will sell like hotcakes. Ha.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this would be a lot more effective on the iPad due to its bigger screen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The technology is really cool, and the fact that it's on a mobile device makes it even more interesting.

      However, if you really need this kind of equipment to enhance your driving, your license needs to be revoked immediately. If you're paying attention to the road and the cars around you like you're supposed-to, the notifications become highly distracting and annoying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you ever drove on Route 95 in Boston at night, you would've wished for lane marking detection like this... ESPECIALLY in the rain.

        In fact, most of Mass. has poorly-visible lanes, especially in rain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The video is strange.

      I certainly hope a passenger is operating the device, rather than the driver.

      Some functions that are a single touch are do-able while driving, but anything with finer motor control or small text take too much attention.

      Also, that mount has no provision for a cable. That means no power, unless you string your own cable, without cable management. It would be nice if the cradle incorporated a dock connector for the phone, to keep the phone powered, charged, and possibly even audio output to the stereo in the background behind the AugReality App, from the phone's stored music.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can just see the text message that you'll get from ATT about 5 miles down the road:

      "You have exceeded your 2GB data limit in the past 5 minutes. Would like to purchase an additional 50GB data for $500?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        @flashpoint

        I really don't get that. Why would you need to be notified of a camera? Do you really run reds so often?

        There's a protected left near my apartment that people run, well after the arrow is red, almost as a rule. People have taken to launching as soon as the light is green just to scare the hell out of the people running the red light - which is just as bad. There have been a few fender benders and a couple fist fights I've seen as a result. /tangent

        Seriously though, just slow down when the light is yellow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More fad than useful.

        Wow, it's 1999 all over again, if it's on a huge screen, say a
        windshield, it's called a Heads Up Display--like the one the Corvette uses. If it's on a 3.2" LCD, it's called augmented reality (does having automatic Internet
        searching/relationship matching qualify a new "term"?). Gotta love tech marketing folks and PhD inventors.


        Yeah, right, driving down the road focusing your attention on a 3+"
        screen that has 9pt font, low color, and is unreadable in the sun? If
        that takes off, I'm going to start walking and invest in car insurance
        companies. There's a reason this demo iss on a straight highway, light traffic and a cloudy day.

        I'm trying not to troll, but Autoblog, are you guys getting a bias spill over from Engadget?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was grandfathered into the unlimited data plan on my iphone 4.

        I wanted to save $5 and get 2GB but I thought about it and said...hell no.

        Its a good thing to, because I started using the XM radio app and my usage went from 500MB per month to 200MB per day ! TAKE THAT AT&T !

        I would perfer an app that notifies us when we are approaching a red light camera.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen Flashpoint.

        Exactly what I did as well. I use data far more than I make phone calls.

        I want to see the mount. I wonder if it will fit on the windshield in such a way that it holds the phone horizontally, and right above the gauges, like a HUD, and close enough that you can reach up from the steering wheel and touch the device (to shut it off, if it is being distracting.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait, why do you assume it will use so much bandwidth? The iPhone only needs to use the info from its camera to display the augmented reality, and as for speed traps and the like, it can download all that info as a small file.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VEHICLE AHEAD. (repeat 4000 times)

      Yup, that won't get old quick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure does when the g/f does that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see you guys too suffer from the girlfriend-driver-in-the-passenger-seat syndrome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @superx1919

        That's what the trunks for...


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        • 4 Years Ago
        @superx1919 -- You had me rolling on that one, ppl in the office were looking at me wondering what was so funny!

        My wife does that too... "Watch out they are stopping" every time she sees brake lights... like I cant tell thats what those red lights meant... drives me nuts...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @superx1919

        My case in not a girlfriend, but rather my mom!

        "They stopping ahead. Brake now (I'm 300 yard behind)."

        A few seconds later, when I'm 100 yards behind and closing: "STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

        "Relax, mom, I know what I'm doing."

        lol funny but annoying.
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