DOI: 10.1002/adom.202301772 ISSN: 2195-1071

Accelerated Augmented Reality Holographic 4k Video Projections Based on Lidar Point Clouds for Automotive Head‐Up Displays

Jana Skirnewskaja, Yunuen Montelongo, Jinze Sha, Phil Wilkes, Timothy D. Wilkinson
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


Identifying road obstacles hidden from the driver's field of view can ensure road safety in transportation. Current driver assistance systems such as 2D head‐up displays are limited to the projection area on the windshield of the car. An augmented reality holographic point cloud video projection system is developed to display objects aligned with real‐life objects in size and distance within the driver's field of view. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) point cloud data collected with a 3D laser scanner is transformed into layered 3D replay field objects consisting of 400 k points. GPU‐accelerated computing generated real‐time holograms 16.6 times faster than the CPU processing time. The holographic projections are obtained with a Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) (3840×2160 px) and virtual Fresnel lenses, which enlarged the driver's eye box to 25 mm × 36 mm. Real‐time scanned road obstacles from different perspectives provide the driver a full view of risk factors such as generated depth in 3D mode and the ability to project any scanned object from different angles in 360°. The 3D holographic projection technology allows for maintaining the driver's focus on the road instead of the windshield and enables assistance by projecting road obstacles hidden from the driver's field of view.

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