December 20, 2010
Wikitude Drive: Never take your eyes off the road againWikitude Drive is the very first Augmented Reality navigations system for smartphones. It has two main advantages, first you simply follow a line, and second, you never take you eyes off the road. Wikitude Drive is available in the Android Market in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Spain, France, and Italy. Download here!
How does it work? Navigation takes place in realtime in the live-camera image of your smartphone. Next to a conventional 3D map view, Wikitude Drive has a spectacular Augmented Reality camera view, where driving directions are directly drawn into the real road you are driving on. The advantages: The system works by attaching your mobile phone on top of your dashboard with the camera facing the road. The application then overlays video captured through the camera with driving instructions. This allows users to literally drive through their phone, watching the road even while they are looking at directions. Never take the eyes off the road! Wikitude Drive solves a key problem that all other navigation systems have. These systems require the driver to take his eyes off the road in order to look at the abstract navigation map. Just by looking at the map screen for one second when driving at 100 km/h (62 mph), the driver is actually “blind” for 28 meters (92 ft). Think about how much can happen in those precious meters. Since Wikitude Drive provides you with driving directions on top of the live video stream, you still see what is happening in front of you when looking at the display of your mobile AR navigation system.
- Augmented Reality Navigation with Wikitude Drive: Computer-generated driving instructions are drawn on top of the reality.
Supported Smartphones: Due to the enormous hardware requirements, Wikitude Drive supportes only a limited number of high-quality Android phones with exceptionally good GPS sensors: Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus S, HTC Nexus One, HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson X8, Sony Ericsson X10i. See Post “Supported Smartphones”.
- The latest news: Wikitude Drive on Facebook!