The new mixed-reality technology from BMW combines driving a real car with a virtual environment.
BMW Group presented a bold approach to experience vehicle dynamics. Currently, their new hardware and software are adapted only for BMW M2. Drivers can put a virtual reality headset on, and use this special game-like environment to master various driving challenges.
Of course, these challenges include driving at high speeds, where you also need to avoid virtual obstacles, collect virtual coins, and do all other things that you usually need to accomplish in racing games.
Here is how this mixed reality environment looks in action – to the outside spectators, and through the driver’s eyes:
This time, however, all the gaming experience takes place while you sit behind the driving wheel of the BMW M2. In this case, a real vehicle acts as a system controller. Naturally, to use the new platform, you also need to access a real test-driving range with no physical obstacles and preferably with no other mixed-reality gamers around your car.
The mixed reality system was developed in cooperation with the video game company Epic Games. BMW notes that this mixed-reality technology is aimed at a “high-profile” driving sector, but hopefully, it will also reach a ‘regular’ consumer market in the future too.