AR/VR in Autonomous Vehicles: Five Year VIAJERO Project

Updated: Apr 22

The future arrival of fully autonomous cars will free drivers to spend more time as passengers.

ViAjeRo aims to radically improve all passenger journeys by using immersive AR and VR to support entertainment, work and collaboration when on the move. The project is led by Stephen Brewster, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction with Dr Mark McGill, Research Fellow in Computing Science and their team at the University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science, and is backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (#835197).

The earlier stages of the five-year project required a portable motion capture system that could provide accuracy even in a moving vehicle.

The challenges

When VR headsets are used in a static place, head movements are easily mapped into the virtual world. In a moving vehicle the challenge is that the headset can’t decipher if the movement is coming from the head or the vehicle. Accuracy can also be problematic; if a sensor moves out of alignment by even a couple of millimetres it can ruin the calibration.