Navigation content becomes 3-dimensional

January 13, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Navigation content becomes 3-dimensional
In a joint development effort, automotive tier one Continental, precision map data provider HERE and technology company Leia Inc, have developed three-dimensional navigation content for vehicles. The technology is based on Leia’s Lightfield displays and enables a more intuitive user experience.

HERE's three-dimensional representation of buildings and topography is brought to life with light field technology from Leia Inc. Thus, the joint solution enables visualisation of 3D navigation maps without special glasses or eye movement sensor. The light field technology even makes the 3D effect visible from multiple angles. Drivers and passengers can thus view the 3D content equally.

Various studies on road safety show that driver distraction is one of the most common causes of road accidents worldwide. In the US alone, there were more than 2,800 traffic fatalities in 2018 attributed to driver distraction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association NHTSA. According to Continental, solutions for an intuitive user experience are an vital element for increased driving safety, because they provide drivers with the content and functions they want, while minimising distraction. Especially in complex driving situations such as in city traffic, it can become a major challenge for drivers to follow navigation instructions and manoeuvre safely at the same time. The correct spatial representation of the real environment in the 3D solution from Continental, HERE and Leia Inc. helps drivers grasp the necessary information more quickly, orient themselves better and remain more attentive to the driving task, explains Ulrich Lüders from Continental’s Human Machine Interface business unit.

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