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iOnRoad - Augmented Reality Driving Assistant
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: iOnRoad - Augmented Reality Driving Assistant Reply with quote

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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. For the drivers amongst us, a novel solutions which makes great use of Augmented Reality (AR) is iOnRoad.

Its claim to fame is the use of AR to provide advance warning of a collision. I confess that, initially, I was rather dubious that the app could work but a road test proved it was every bit as clever as its authors claimed.

iOnRoad uses the on-board camera in your smartphone to identify vehicles in the lane ahead of you. It constantly measures the gap between you and the vehicles ahead and alerts if that gap becomes too small. The gap is coloured green when you are following at a safe distance but turns red and provides an audible warning if you allow the gap to become to small.

Not only is iOnRoad an incredibly clever demonstration of the technology, it’s a useful safety tool and can help educate you to drive more safely and to leave that important safety gap between you and vehicles ahead.

Available now as a free app on Android and coming soon to iOS. For more information see the iONRoad web site at www.ionroad.com.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst at MWC we saw a demo of iONRoad on Android as is currently available, but we were also lucky enough to see the iPhone version running as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe they said we "had the first ever video of iOnRoad on the iPhone" Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
I believe they said we "had the first ever video of iOnRoad on the iPhone" Very Happy

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That would make it a(nother) World Exclusive for PocketGPSWorld.com...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great piece of programming but surely it's just another distraction? I'll be sticking with my "Only a fool breaks the two second rule" mantra.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the 1.8 seconds showing green in the OP photo is a load of bx and too close Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

M8TJT wrote:
So the 1.8 seconds showing green in the OP photo is a load of bx and too close Rolling Eyes
I reckon so. Judging by the non-green part of the road just before the tanker you could probably shave a further 0.3 secs off and still be safe Shocked

Mind you, it is for a show in Barcelona where a 0.5sec gap is normally sufficient
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AliOnHols wrote:
Mind you, it is for a show in Barcelona where a 0.5sec gap is normally sufficient
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AliOnHols wrote:
A great piece of programming but surely it's just another distraction? I'll be sticking with my "Only a fool breaks the two second rule" mantra.

That was my initial thoughts, however if it can run at night then it could be a real safety feature.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not got my Android to hand at the moment but from memory you can set your own values for the different warning levels.

I may be wrong though :/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if it comes out free on iPhone, I guess I'll be tempted to get my third app!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They could do with thinking about the name! The leading "i" could fool the masses into thinking this was a iPhone only (iPhoney?? Laughing ) app. I nearly didn't read the article because of it (not ardently against the Jobsian Empire, just don't have an iPhone!).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'i' is probably their shortening of 'eye' rather than the Jobsian one, or should it be 1
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the earlier comment about it being just another distraction, your eyes and brain are the only things you should be using to gauge the correct distance between you and the vehicle in front. If you cant do that then you shouldn't be driving, and staring or glancing constantly at something you THINK you can rely on to tell you whether or not the distance is safe is not the way forward really. I can almost see it now "it's really good this, look we're 4.3 seconds away from the vehicle in front it tells you, there look at the bottom of the".......BANG
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In which case those cars that automatically brake for you if you get too close to the car in front are a distraction - the drive could say "hey, look, I don't even need to brake at all!"

These are aids to driving - you get an audible and visual alert if you get too close to the car in front - you then adjust accordingly.

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