Honda is the latest automaker to get involved with virtual reality systems.
The Japanese automaker has received a patent for a virtual reality device that will help develop in-vehicle dynamic virtual reality to assist the driver as well as entertain passengers. The patent was applied by the company’s Silicon Valley Honda R&D division, which was established in 2011 and has been working on connected car technologies including integrating Google’s Android Auto and Apple Carplay. According to the patent, the VR device has numerous uses for both driver and passengers and shows a device that can be connected directly to the vehicle’s CANBUS to receive information.
MINI is another automaker that has shown interest in virtual reality devices, particularly one that can enhance the view for the driver with additional data. For the last few years, virtual reality has been a focus of development for video game developers with Oculus Rift recently being acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. At last year’s SEMA Show, Lexus used the Oculus Rift technology to create a virtual reality simulator for its new RC F.