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Heads-up: Windshield Displays Becoming More Popular in Cars

Head-up Displays (HUD) have been a standard feature in jet fighters for decades. They soon may become a standard feature in cars...
September 18, 2013

Head-up Displays (HUD) have been a standard feature in jet fighters for decades. They soon may become a standard feature in cars. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, more than 800,000 cars with HUD units were sold worldwide in 2012.

HUDs project information like speed, navigation directions, engine RPM, and local speed limit onto the windshield of a car, directly in the driver’s line of sight. Some systems even have heat sensors that project animals, pedestrians, etc. in the path ahead. That means the driver can see all that data without looking away from the road. Not having to take your eyes off the road could help reduce the number of accidents due to distracted drivers. These units cost about $1,000 to add to your car. GM put the devices in its new Cadillacs and Buicks. Corvettes had similar features for several years. BMW charges $4900 but includes a heated steering wheel, smartphone integration and other amenities. Considering the rapid growth of backup cameras, which may soon be required in all new cars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), technology will only expand in the near future.

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