The recent release of citywide 3D mapping technologies allows AR objects to be placed permanently and accurately. Two companies to watch : Scape and 6D.Ai.
With an established background in visual arts, music, the performing arts and AR, I have been waiting for the opportunity to create very large scale AR artworks. Years ago I developed plans for an AR sound artwork for Singapore's Tiong Bahru, an estate composed of historic Art Deco buildings. In 2018, in Shenzhen, a citywide light show rekindled my interest in large scale AR projects.
This year, while preparing for a presentation in Detroit, another idea: an Augmented Reality project to be viewed, and experienced, from inside Autonomous Vehicles; bROADWAY
Although the ideas of bROADWAY could work in any city, Detroit is associated with the automobile industry, including AV. Detroit is the home of legends like Motown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Jacksons, Detroit techno (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May +), Bob Seger, Jack White, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. These points, plus distinguished architecture and public spaces, mean there could be no better city for the world’s first AR+AV citywide experience!
AVs as performers!
If anyone in Detroit knows how to make this project happen, please get in touch.
(And, as AVs are becoming more common worldwide, the idea could happen anywhere.)
A collection of posts regarding AR and Bicycling can be found here.
Traffic planning in the age of the cloud. I have read a lot and talked to many experts, but the questions in this little chart still are unanswered. To me, at least. Any ideas or thoughts are welcome; just use the comments section. Thank you! If you are an expert and want to be credited, or interviewed for my upcoming books just let me know. One book is about AR and bicycle safety. the other is about AR and traffic. (Have not yet finalized the titles.)
Obviously, the following is hypothetical; I can't think of any existing city which could accommodate five one-way lanes of traffic.
CURB ACTIVITY: Pedestrians. Parking spots for ebikes,bikes, scooters, fire hydrants, subterranean electricty and water lines, wheelchair access, bus stops, taxi/Uber/Lyft pick up and drop off areas
BIKE LANE: Individual and groups of riders, ll requiring two-way communication for weather, traffic patterns etc.
AV LANE small and large vehicles, some functioning as mobile rooms (classrooms with remote teachers, discussion rooms, meeting rooms, chill rooms, even mobile workout spaces with offsite trainers)
EMERGENCY LANE/DELIVERY LANE/BUS LANE Could something like this be managed? By whom? Would involve communicating with AVs.
TRAFFIC SIGNAL With proper traffic planning, autonomous vehicles would not need to "see" a physical light. and in this slightly futuristic scenario, could the traditional red/green/yellow lights be replaced by screens? Not just colors could be displayed, but traffic information.
WHO IS USING WHAT KIND OF AR? Pedestrians- shopping, entertainment and internet services/information and maps for walking.
Bicyclists- maps and traffic information, internet services, including music.
Autonomous Vehicle2 A regularly scheduled "classroom mobile"with four students, a human teacher and AR educational materials.
Vehicle 1: the Bubiko AR movie is on Google Cloud, the AR meeting is hosted on Apple's iCloud service, the other parent is using Facebook's cloud service. The windshield display is by WayRay and hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
Vehicle 2 is fitted with a Sony mobile AR classroom and the windshield AR hosting software is by Kamatera.
Emergency Vehicles: capable of seeing and interacting with emergency situations before arriving. Connected to a central traffic planning system, emergency vehicles and AVs are capable of maneuvering so that emergency vehicles get to their destination as quickly as possible.
Autonomous Delivery vehicles can be programmed to deliver with minimum traffic interference; for example at specific low traffic times.
Curb Activity is monitored by Open Curbs, Populus and Remix, all of whom feed information into private and government service providers who then use AR to provide information to those in traffic.
Road surface conditions: Potholes, floods, ice and snow. Monitored and then delivered to a central traffic planning agency.
Underground: sewers, flood control, power cables and more. Information available by AR
Drones: somehow drones will enter into the mobile AR picture...