“It absolutely could be adapted to consumer vehicles. You put on a visor, or maybe someday in the future a pair of glasses, and you can have your speedometer, your navigation, your stereo controls … right in your field of view.”
The company also says there are applications in shipping (where sonar could be fed in to show underwater hazards) or aviation. In a future where airspace becomes more congested with drones and autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, or EVTOLs, the 360 Display could allow human pilots to safely navigate the skies and know the exact distance and location of other aircraft.
The 360 Display was originally developed in an early prototype version for DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program in 2018. That iteration used physical screens and head-tracking technology and was installed in a jury-rigged all-terrain vehicle with a covered-over canopy. According to DARPA, drivers using the prototype in the blacked-out ATV were able to drive through a test course in “roughly the same time” as those driving a normal ATV.
“It’s taking sensor inputs from cameras, speed indicators — pretty much anything that can be displayed or that has a sensor on the vehicle — and it’s feeding that into our display,” said Julie Heck, Honeywell’s senior director for product management.
“We’re really creating a 360-degree virtual view dome. So everything’s blacked out, but you’re sitting in the car and you can drive it. Basically it feels like you’re driving in a convertible.”
That’s the promise of the Honeywell 360 Display, a mixed-reality headset that combines data from sensors and cameras installed on a vehicle to give you a full view of your surroundings, even if you have low or no visibility.
It’s like something out of a James Bond film: You climb into a car with no windows, but you can still see the entire world around you from the driver’s seat.
To see the Honeywell 360 Display in action, check out the video embedded in this article. The 360 Display uses external cameras and sensors to create a top-down “drone view” of the vehicle. Now playing:Watch this: Driving Blind: This Headset Lets You Drive in a Car Without…