Head-up display: what is it and how does it work?

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Summary

  • Head-up display: where does it come from?
    • An appearance in other sectors
    • The automotive sector: the sector using the HUD the most?
  • Head-up display: what is it exactly?
    • The purpose of the HUD in cars
  • What information can be displayed by the HUD?
  • Is it possible to install a head-up display on any car?
    • Hudway Glass
    • SHEROX SKIN
    • ACECAR Universal HUD
  • Heads-up display: an increasingly popular technology

Head up display (HUD) refers to a technology using the augmented reality. Originally, it was designed for military use. At present, it is generally found in various vehicles, such as racing cars.



Head-up display: where does it come from?

head-up displayused by pilots of fighter planes

HUDs developed for fighter jets are incredibly detailed

this technology has been used in military aviation for decades

An appearance in other sectors

head-up displaythe technology has only been widely adopted very recently

the HUD is part of the standard equipment of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787

only a few select luxury nameplates have started to include this feature

The automotive sector: the sector using the HUD the most?

head-up displaymainly that of the automobile

Head up display adoption in this particular industry has grown almost exponentially


have adopted it in at least one model of their range

Head-up display: what is it exactly?

head-up displaydisplay relevant information in a less distracting and intrusive way


projection unit that emits a brightly lit display, video or image on a transparent surface

maybe a windshield or any other support that can be installed in front of the user

The purpose of the HUD in cars

head-up displayeliminate their need to look away to look at the dashboard, for example

it is still quite possible that this short moment is the cause of an accident once on the road

places various relevant information directly in the driver's field of vision

What information can be displayed by the HUD?

head-up displaythe speed at which the car is traveling

Detailed navigation directions are also part of the information that a Head up display can display


blind spot warning

Is it possible to install a head-up display on any car?

head-up display of the secondary market have now arrived on the marketthe available systems are generally basic

there is a wide range of complementary HUDs on the market

Hudway Glass

uses a smartphone screen to project details of any trip onto a clear glass screen


install a specific application that produces a mirror image of the phone screen

the user is limited to the information available on his smartphone

SHEROX SKIN

projects basic information onto the vehicle's windshield

compact 3,5 inches, or 3,1 centimeters

coolant temperature, voltage and some warning indicators

ACECAR Universal HUD

head-up display

much more practical than its counterpart

a driving timer and a simple speed gauge

Heads-up display: an increasingly popular technology

head-up display is also currently gaining ground in the world of video games

keep an eye out for items that can help them accomplish their various missions

Head up display is also used in online poker



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