With our cars gradually becoming rolling computers, automakers are always striving to implement the best new technology available. Take for example Mercedes with its latest navigation system for infotainment MBUX, which combines graphical navigation instructions with traffic information in live images to make sure you reach your destination as quickly as possible. Augmented reality is also expected to become mainstream in head-up displays later this decade.
AR is also used in the automotive industry as a top-level car configurator, allowing potential customers to specify their ideal cars much better than any traditional website configurator. Likewise, we came across a nifty app called Aerolarri that uses AR to allow users to (virtually) swap the real wheels of their cars for a custom set.
There are seven models of alloy wheels to choose from, including four from Forgeline, perfectly reproduced using the original CAD files. Alternatively, some unofficial Koenigsegg wheels are available. The video above shows what it’s like to try on new shoes for the Corvette C8 or McLaren 720S without lifting the car and getting your hands dirty.
Aerolarri also blurs the line between video games and real life, because you can place a Koenigsegg Jesko or Gemera right in front of you, then “leave”. If these cars are not fast enough, there is also the Bloodhound LSR which has a target top speed of 1000 mph … smartphone screen, similar to an R / C car.
Of course, nothing beats reality, but augmented reality is getting closer and closer as technology advances and these photo-realistic 3D holographic overlays evolve.