Pioneer unveils augmented reality heads up display for cars

One of the coolest scenes in the new Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol film involves Tom Cruise manipulating a map superimposed on the car's windshield. It looked like science fiction but Pioneer just made it a reality.

The Carrozzeria Cyber Navi AR heads-up display puts an augmented reality-style graphic in front of the driver allowing him to see the streets overlayed with real-time GPS mapping information and directions. Unlike the scene from Ghost Protocol, the overlay isn't on the windshield itself and cannot be manipulated by touch, but this is still a nice start. The system is scheduled to hit the streets of Japan in July, but there's no word on when this might get to the U.S. You can see the system in action in the video below.

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