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If the distraction alone isn’t scary enough, this HUD lets you race against ghosts

The blending of digital displays with car dashboards can make driving seem more like a video game, but that’s the whole point behind High Rise Garage’s GhostDash head-up display.

By placing a 98-percent transparent screen ahead of the driver, the system creates an augmented-reality view that includes telemetry and ghost cars to “race” against.

By giving drivers a target to aim at, GhostDash’s developers believe the system can help racers find the fastest way around a track. A company spokesman also told Autoblog that there are possible applications in off-track driver education programs.

GhostDash consists of a GPS unit to gather raw data, a device for processing that data, a projector, and the 15-inch display screen. The system runs on Windows, and High Rise Garage recommends a Surface Pro tablet as the interface between the GPS unit and projector.

High Rise Garage is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to complete funding for this reality-altering device. It says hardware and software development is complete, but it needs $43,500 for final development and manufacturing.

Since the system is made up of individual components, it can be assembled piecemeal. Right now, $40 in backing nets the software, while $1,900 adds the screen and projector. For $3,600, High Rise Garage will throw in a Surface Pro 3 and a VBox Sport GPS unit to complete the setup.

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The company hopes to start shipping GhostDash units in January 2015, but it’s not the only one trying to turn real life into a video-game-like environment.

Earlier this year Jaguar unveiled the “Virtual Windscreen,” a head-up display that also allows drivers to chase ghost cars, as well as mark braking zones and lay down virtual cones to create their own digital tracks.