Augmented reality car to feature on Friday Download

Published on: 22nd May 2013

Thames and Kosmos’ new ‘Smart Car Robotics’ (also known as the Concept Car) will be featured on CBBC’s BAFTA-award winning children’s entertainment television programme, Friday Download, this Friday 24th May at 5pm, demonstrating its innovative new technology on how the running of cars will change in the future.SmartCarRobotics300

The brand new kit, available in Autumn 2013, is a remote-controlled vehicle which the user constructs themselves; connect the batteries and then control and steer the vehicle from a smart phone or tablet. The car comes with 18 augmented reality mats which are placed on the floor; each relates to a different famous place or building.

Drive the car along the ground by placing the augmented reality mats on the floor/surface and swipe your fingers on the touch screen, and on the screen the Smart Car will be exploring vivid cityscape, navigating from street to street around realistic 3D scenery, complete with working traffic lights. Alternatively, users can use the Draw and Drive function on a phone/tablet to plan their own route for the car to follow, again using the cards on the floor. This is achieved by scanning or downloading an app to an iOS device, which then recognises the augmented reality code on the cards.

The car, when launched, will retail at £99.99.

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