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Nissan puts I2V technology to the test

April 11, 2019
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Nissan is testing Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology, which helps drivers “see the invisible” – such as what’s farther down the road, behind a building or around the corner.

I first discovered this technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January this year, and it’s hugely cool and impressive stuff. Currently being tested at Grandrive, Nissan’s proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan, I2V is a technology that merges the real and virtual worlds.

It combines information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, thus helping drivers to “see the invisible”. The test vehicle is based on Nissan’s NV350 Caravan.

I2V also connects drivers and passengers to the Metaverse, a virtual world where people can interact through avatars. Family, friends or others in a remote location can appear inside the car as three-dimensional, augmented-reality avatars to provide company or assistance. Doesn’t it sound amazing? I would love to experience it first-hand!

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

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