Heads Up Displays for Cars

Heads Up Displays, or HUDs, are common in fighter aircraft. They display graphical information in front of a pilot while they looking through the windshield of their aircraft. It allows a pilot to focus on the view outside their aircraft yet see graphical information that would normally be viewed on other instruments in the cockpit. This is especially important during critical military flight situations where rapid assimilation of data is important – think dogfights.

While there is no question that HUDs assist pilots performing their missions, they are now being put into automobiles to assist drivers perform theirs. And some argue that HUDs in automobiles are just as critical. Just think of some of the notifications that come through your cell phone now. OK, it isn’t military-oriented data but some of it is important to the driver and a lot of drivers take their eyes off the road to see it. With a HUD, some of this data can be displayed right in front of the driver so they don’t need to take their eyes off the road. This is clearly a safety issue.

Although HUD technology is still a relatively new in the marketplace, our friends at www.zeiglerchryslerdodge.com explain that there are two different versions you can get in your car right now: third-party HUDs and factory versions. Here’s what you need to know about these two options:

Third-party HUDs – Several third party HUD units are available to the public now. These individual units are meant to sit on your dashboard and project on your windshield. Most third-party HUDs work by linking to either your phone’s internal GPS via Bluetooth or by finding satellites signals on their own. For now, HUDs made by individual companies for aftermarket use are only capable of displaying a rudimentary functions. This could all change very soon, however, thanks to the several entrepreneurial businesses jumping into the arena.

For example, Navdy is a small company that is crowdfunding a new type of HUD. The Navdy HUD doesn’t project the information directly on your windshield. The fold-out box actually contains its own small screen that’s meant to sit at the base of where your eyes rest while driving. It comes with a range of apps that can be connected via your phone, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Spotify, all of which can be controlled via quick hand-gestures thanks to the unit’s internal camera technology.

Factory Installed HUDs – HUDs are being are being sold on some high-end cars right now. The Audi A7, the Mercedes S55, and some GM vehicles currently can currently be optioned with HUD technology. It’s compelling; any new calls, emails, or texts will automatically be shown by the HUD on the windshield of the car adding an immeasurable level of safety.

Some automakers, like Jaguar, Hyundai, and Land Rover, are showcasing next-generation HUDs that not only show you the vehicles speed, texts and such but can also do things such as highlighting street signs around the car, displaying the turn you need to take on the actual road ahead (not on a GPS maps), and even flashing warning signals when an accident may be about to occur. Features such as this could make HUD technology very popular for most car makers in the future.

As with any technology in its infancy, expect lots of changes in the HUD marketplace. The Navdy system is ambitious but illustrates the things that we may find routine in HUD technology just a few years from now. The future of HUD looks very exciting.

Article Source: Ziegler Chrysler


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