Worldwide use of head-up displays to increase sevenfold

Worldwide use of head-up displays to increase sevenfold

The sale of vehicles with head-up, dashboard displays is set to skyrocket in the next several years, says a new study by IHS Automotive. Only 2 percent of vehicles sold worldwide in 2012 had HUDs, but that is expected to rise to 9 percent by 2020.

Apart from showing speed and warning signals, HUDs are perfectly suited for displaying navigation information or advanced driver assistance system data, allowing drivers to access critical material while keeping their eyes on the road, says Ben Scott, technology solutions analyst for IHS Automotive.

A recent development that could speed the adoption of HUDs is the first portable HUD for smart phone navigation apps, developed by satellite navigation company Garmin. It can be used with any vehicle and potentially makes HUDs much more widely available. Garmins HUD displays navigation directions and adds a few extras such as warning drivers of potential traffic delays and safety camera locations.

By combining the HUD with a vehicle on-board GPS, the driver can display map, turning and speed limit and traffic sign information on a cars windshield, says IHS. HUDs can also provide warning information such as oil level or tire pressure. By integrating the HUD with adaptive cruise control, the systems can alert the driver that the car is too close to a vehicle in front. In the future, features such as pedestrian warning, blind spot detection or night vision could fill the entire windshield.

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