Novel head-up display aims to improve lap times with video-game-like ghost car [w/video]

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Ever wish racing in real life was more like playing Gran Turismo or Forza? By that don’t mean lots of swearing and sideswiping other racers into corners, we think it would just be useful to have all of the game’s data available on-the-fly in real life – especially a ghost car for comparing previous laps. A solution for track drivers may be on the way from a company called High Rise Garage thanks to its software and giant head-up display called the GhostDash.

The whole system basically presents the entire HUD from a racing video game as an augmented reality display in an actual moving car. Looking through the 98-per cent transparent screen, a driver can see a ghost car projection running its last lap. At the bottom, there’s a display for current speed, the gap and lap times. It’s supposed to make learning a faster line much easier. “We believe HUDs and ghost cars are the next step in utilizing the data racers collect to make it easier and safer,” spokesman Justin Hayes tells Autoblog. We can see applications beyond racing, too, including basic driver’s education programs.

The GhostDash is possible thanks to several pieces of technology working together. The raw data comes from a GPS unit that sends info to software running on a Windows device, which crafts it into an image. A linked projector then displays the HUD on a 15-inch holographic screen that hangs from a mount in front of the driver.

GhostDash isn’t quite ready to buy yet, though. High Rise Garage is running a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $ 43,500 to complete funding for the system, but the company claims the software and hardware work now. The business needs the funds for final development and manufacturing, and the company thinks it can start shipping units in January, 2015.

The Kickstarter campaign is broken into three major tiers. For $ 40, pledgers just get the software to run on a Windows device (the company recommends a Surface Pro tablet). For $ 1,900, people also get the projector and screen to display the HUD on. Finally, $ 3,600 also adds a Surface Pro 3 to run the software and Vbox Sport GPS unit. For the two lower levels, buyers need to supply their own GPS device and GhostDash currently supports three devices with plans to add two more.

Developing this kind of tech is a huge undertaking, but High Rise Garage is already considering the future. It eventually wants to add features like custom maps to support users who autocross and a racing line to the software. Scroll down to watch a video of the GhostDash in action and read the company’s press release about it.

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