“It’s time to take the road book out of the car,” says Dan Pascale, a professor of automotive engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Pascales, who has been working with PavementSoft, the company behind the “real” road book, says the company has developed a way to attach a computer-controlled wheel that will allow you to create the road in real-time on your own.
“What you do is you’re driving around, you’re using your phone to do the calculation and you go through this map that you have, and you’re looking at a road map and you can see the intersections and where it’s going to be, and the road that you’re going to take that road over, and then you can set it up in your mind,” he says.
Pavementsoft’s design is similar to the way a car uses its brakes, but it uses software to do so.
“This software lets you know, ‘OK, here’s a road in front of me that I want to drive on.’
You don’t have to do any actual driving, and it just happens automatically,” he explains.
“So the way you think about it is that this is like having a road book in the car.”
Pascalo says it’s the same technology that can be used in a garage or a garage-sized home.
“The car does a lot of the heavy lifting,” he tells NBC News.
“And the road is the way that you see it.”
You can buy a road books for under $100.
But Pascalez says the real-world road book will cost more than $1,000.
The software he uses, which he calls a “virtual wheel,” can be installed on your car using software.
PASCALES says this technology is similar in principle to the ones that have been used to design and build real-life road books.
“These virtual wheels are basically digital roads that you can put in your garage,” he said.
“They are really easy to use and they look really nice.”
The company will start selling its “real road book” in late 2019 for about $1.25, with an option for $5,000 for a larger model.