Nissan will be heading into the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) in Las Vegas with its Invisible-to-Visible technology, or I2V which will help drivers ‘see the invisible’, says the company. It plans to do so by merging the real and virtual worlds, thereby creating the ultimate connected-car experience.

Invisible-to-Visible technology works to support drivers by combining information from sensors inside and outside the vehicle, with data from the cloud. This enables the system to not just observe the vehicle’s surroundings but also to anticipate what’s coming, even to show what may be around the corner of a building, or seeing the invisible, so to speak.

Nissan Research Centre leader Tetsuro Ueda said “by helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable.” The interactive features can be tailored to one’s interests and driving style, he adds.

Don’t like the weather of the moment? Nissan’s I2V technology can project the scenery of a sunny day into the cabin, should the actual surroundings be rather more gloomy. On a more useful front, I2V can search within its Metaverse when touring a new location, for a knowledgeable guide who can communicate with the occupants of the vehicle.

This information that is gathered can be collected and stored in the cloud, in order for it to be accessed by others who will be visiting the same area. This data can also be used by the onboard artificial intelligence system for a more efficient drive through local areas, Nissan says.

The technology can also provide information from Omni-Sensing as an overlay in the driver’s field of view during hands-on driving, which helps the driver assess situations and prepare for poor visibility, oncoming traffic or adverse road surfaces. Drivers can also book a professional driver from the Metaverse via I2V, who will appear as an avatar within the vehicle, or as a projected vehicle to show the best way to drive.

Assistance from I2V also comes in the form of information regarding traffic congestion and estimated travel time – much like what’s currently available on mobile apps, along with alternative route suggestions, down to the best-moving lane in heavy traffic by using real-time local data mapping by Omni-Sensing.

A handy set of abilities, given the increasingly congested environments most drivers find themselves in; I2V can also access Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) technology suite to can for parking spaces and help park the vehicle in difficult situations.