Tesla Delves Into Augmented Reality; Microsoft HoloLens Designers Roped In To Work On Tesla Vision?

Nov 25, 2016 08:48 AM EST | Vinay Patel

Further cementing speculations that suggest Tesla is on the verge of introducing AR (augmented reality) based features to its vehicles, the American automaker roped in one of the top dog industrial designers behind Microsoft's augmented reality headset, HoloLens.

It can be recalled that last year Tesla brought one of the computer vision scientists from Microsoft's HoloLens program on board, making this its second hire from the program.

This was also confirmed when Senior Designer for HoloLens & New Devices at Microsoft, Andrew Kim updated his LinkedIn profile to detail his new stint as Lead Designer at Tesla's Design Studio in California, SlashGear reported.

Aside from being involved with the designing of Microsoft's HoloLens headset, the AR-based reality wearable, which Microsoft is using to push Windows Holographic, Kim was also a part of the designing team of the Xbox One S prior to that. He recently took to Instagram to post his uber cool parting gift from his colleagues there.

 Goodbye gift. Thanks for an amazing time.

A photo posted by Andrew Kim (@mnmllymnml) on Nov 23, 2016 at 12:42pm PST

Interestingly, based on his Instagram posts, it looks like Kim is an admirer of Porsche's design, just like Felix Godrad, his new workmate at Tesla's Design Studio in Hawthorne. No prizes for guessing, Kim owns a Porsche himself.

In 2015, Tesla hired Yekeun Jeong, who is a computer vision expert working on Microsoft's HoloLens, to work on the popular automaker's Tesla Vision, Electrek reported.

Citing Kim's experience in industrial design, AR-based devices are not likely to be his only contribution to Tesla's design team, which is spearheaded by Franz von Holzhausen.

There's hearsay that Tesla is currently hard at works on an augmented reality system, which is rumored to be a heads-up display for the Model 3. Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has been touting the controls inside the vehicle as "spaceship-like" and the prototype the company showed off early this year, did not have any instrument cluster.

Rumors are also running rampant suggesting that the company is independently delving into VR (virtual reality) or AR in its retail planning.

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