I rode with Nissan’s AR and 5G-powered virtual passengers

Nissan’s vision for the future of connected cars is about as buzzword-laden as possible. Making use of 5G, AR, and VR to power an advanced in-vehicle experience, the company’s “Invisible-to-Visible” (I2V) technology not only allows for HUD-style overlays but also humanoid virtual assistants that ride alongside you to provide conversation and locally relevant information.

Here’s a handy diagram to show how all of this works:

Got it? Yeah, probably not — so I recently visited Nissan’s Grandrive proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan to see for myself how this would work. The car maker has just begun testing the system in a moving vehicle with 5G technology provided by NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest carrier. The test vehicle is based…

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