On Sunday at CES we attended the Chevrolet Press Conference where they announced their partnership with AT&T and their new 4G LTE Connected Cars. The other primary technology that was revealed by Chevrolet was their new Performance Data Recorder(PDR). PDR allows the driver of a 2015 Corvette Stingray to truly keep track of how they drive when on the track. The manner that the PDR is presented is via a high definition video captured from the front of the Corvette with stats such as speed, lap times, steering angle, and more overlaid on top of the video in a similar manner to the interfaces found in driving games. What was not revealed at the conference however was the potential plans for a Glassware application.
After the conference ended and we were allowed up on stage with the cars, we asked Chevrolet if they had any plans for providing Glass functionality with their connected cars. We were pleasantly surprised when they told us to wait and then returned to us carrying a pair of Glass. They then proceeded to give us a short demo of the Glassware application that they had been working on for the previous week. Unfortunately, since we were not driving the Corvette at the time we were unable to get a true and functioning demo but we were given a solid idea of the functionality and feel that the development team are aiming for with it.
In short, it displays some of the same information that can be viewed via the PDR playback but in a format that is meant for Glass. The card interface was set up with a few sets of data per card, allowing a user a simple way to quickly flick through and see how well their performance while driving is. With that said, Chevy’s prototype Glassware is not meant for the driver to use; rather it is supposed to give the passenger a way to keep tabs on the current driving stats of the driver. Essentially, it gives whoever is wearing the Glass device the ability to view the PDR information in real time whenever they request it and keep tabs on the driver.
Now, it should be noted that this application is a very early prototype right now and that it is likely to experience a variety of changes before release or may not ever be released at all. Either way, I feel that it speaks much for the potential of the platform that Chevrolet has already started development on it.
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