Head-up Displays Coming to a Car Near You

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

head-up displays Once thought to be reserved for fighter jets, vehicles on the road now use head-up displays (HUD). However, unlike fighter jets these HUD systems do not come with missile lock and targeting capabilities. But, they are still cool and useful! Today, your auto body repair experts look at these systems and some of their features.

How Head-up Displays for Auto’s Work

HUD systems simply use the windshield as a screen upon which to project important vehicle information. This information is projected on the lower section of the windshield, just below the driver’s usual line of vision. This enables the driver to keep their eyes up and on the road while still being able to observe vehicle information. Proponents of such systems claim this will help increase safety as the driver will not need to shift their head to view information on the dashboard or entertainment console.

What Information is Displayed in the HUD

Head-up displays are intended to provide crucial information to the driver, all in an easy-to-read form. This can include instrument read out, navigational directions, music information, as well as who is calling on the phone. However, some new features of HUD are great in situations where there is poor visibility, such as fog or falling snow. Since HUD systems are often connected to car radar systems and infra-red sensors, they can also display road markings to assist the driver in low visibility situations.

What Vehicles have HUD

Head-up displays started to emerge more regularly on 2016 option lists. And, as expected, the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW have such options on many of their new lines. Currently, HUD is more of a luxury feature more common on premium makes and models. However, like all things, it is anticipated in the next couple of years that most car manufacturers will have HUD options available. Remember, it wasn’t too long ago that only a few cars offered heated seats and satellite radio, but now they are fairly common.

The vehicles currently on the road that have HUD options are:

  • BMW 7 Series – Shows speed limit, exit lane images, navigation, and phone call information.
  • Volvo XC90 – The nice thing about this system is it can be customized to the driver’s preferences (including location and height of projection) based on the driver’s saved seat settings.
  • Chevy Corvette Stingray – No surprise here as this car looks like a jet fighter on the ground!
  • Mazda 3 – Yep, Mazda has HUD in its mid-level S Touring trim and sedan styles. Their HUD system also includes blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.
  • Others include Lexus RX, Jaguar XF, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class

How to Use this Information

HUD systems will become more and more common. And, we do hope they will improve safety and reduce accidents. But, accidents will still happen. If you find yourself in need of body work or feel your car could use some new paint, give us a call at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

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