30 Oct 2017

Honeywell develop battlefield augmented reality technology

Honeywell has successfully completed research and testing of a virtual window technology as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies programme.

The first phase of the GXV-T programme began in July 2015, with Honeywell experimenting with the concept of a windowless land vehicle. Drivers tested their performance using an augmented and virtual reality headset and panoramic active window displays.

After successful initial testing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continued its contract with Honeywell through August 2017.

Honeywell successfully tested virtual window systems by driving a fully enclosed vehicle on a rugged, off-road desert course. As part of the test, professional drivers manoeuvred through the track at speeds of more than 35 miles per hour. They drove the windowless vehicle using 160-degree “battlefield” views through the virtual window display.

Brian Aleksa, Senior Technical Manager, Research & Development, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “We leveraged our expertise in high-speed graphics processing, human factors design and display systems to create a virtual landscape that enables driving a windowless vehicle over actual terrain at operationally realistic speeds.

“After bringing a smart design to life with real-world testing, we’ve developed a windowless display that overcomes traditional challenges associated with motion sickness and eye strain. Our solution proves that a safer closed-cockpit experience is possible. There is plenty of future growth and potential application for this technology in both military and commercial markets.”

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