Honeywell Aerospace, whose products and services are found across almost every commercial, defence and space aircraft, has announced a new contract with the American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).The agreement is to provide the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program with a virtual reality (VR) instrument panel that replaces glass windows with display technology.
DARPA’s GXV-T program focuses on developing new technologies for the next generation of military ground vehicles (such as tanks and armoured vehicles). Part of that is improving survivability, agility and mobility. Honeywell’s VR instrument panel concept could provide drivers with an enhanced, clearer 360 degree view outside the vehicle.
Honeywell’s near-to-eye and display technology projects a wide-angle, high-definition view of external conditions, giving the operator several benefits. It could allow tracking of optimal routes over difficult terrain, review infrared and terrain classification views, and see allies and adversaries.
“The development of virtual window technology is a significant shift in the concept of design for military ground vehicles. No longer would drivers of these ground vehicles need to rely on the view through the windows alone; this technology would provide them with improved awareness that could impact the survivability of a new, more agile ground vehicle solution,” said Carey Smith, president of Defense and Space at Honeywell Aerospace in a statement. “Honeywell is a leader in advanced cockpit display technology, so we were able to leverage our extensive background in display technologies, coupled with advanced visualization research, to meet the needs of DARPA’s GXV-T program.”
The first phase of the virtual windows development began in July 2015 and will continue through June 2016.
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