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Should your new car have a Head-Up Display?

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The Head-up display (HUD) was originally developed by the military to transmit targeting information to pilots without forcing them to take their eyes away from their flight path. In recent years, the technology has been utilized by mainstream automobile manufacturers to provide drivers with the same access to information such as speed and directions while remaining focused on the road.

With concerns over distracted driving rising, there is an increased interest in HUD enabled cars. The technology utilized is called “augmented reality.” What that means is that the world around the driver (aka “reality”) is augmented by additional information that appears on the windshield in front of them. The HUD can display information from navigation, infrared cameras, and even mobile phone apps! This can be used for a number of functions which we’ll explore more below.

 

Driving directions

Anyone who has had to look down at a center console or smartphone to decipher their next turn will appreciate the convenience of having precise instructions superimposed on the road itself. A driver who is using Head-Up Display to get directions will see an indication for the turn lane they need to be in overlaid on the lane itself.

 

Increased visibility

Head-Up Displays paired with infrared cameras can give drivers crucial information in low visibility circumstances such as fog. The systems can project, in real-time, the lines of the road and even cars ahead onto the windshield so that drivers are safely aware of what’s around them.

 

Connectivity

Head-Up Displays can pair with cell phones to allow for hands free texting and dialing. Future functions could include displaying information from applications, such as a restaurant's Yelp rating, in the driver's field of vision. 

 

In 2018, many auto manufacturers offer Head-Up Display technology (primarily Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo) reflecting growing demand among consumers. However, these systems can be expensive as they usually are only available on the highest trim levels of the car. Aftermarket Head-Up Displays are available and can be a cheaper option, but they are often quite bulky and can be a distraction.

Currently, HUD-enabled vehicles have a more limited range of functionality to go along with this price-tag. Most systems currently display information about current driving conditions, such as speed, and navigation information. We've put together a list of videos showing some available systems below.

 

BMW

 

Volvo

 

Mercedes-Benz

 

Over the past couple of years more and more vehicle manufacturers have implemented this technology into their cars. While many drivers appreciate the increased safety of keeping their eyes on the road (and the futuristic thrill it gives to driving), others worry about the device blocking their view of what’s ahead. At present, it is primarily helpful for those who drive frequently in unfamiliar areas and need to be paying more attention to the road. Ultimately, it's a promising technology that will help keep more drivers safe as it becomes a less expensive option.

 

Which vehicles offer Head-Up Displays?

As of the time of writing, Head-Up Displays are offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles:

 

Audi

A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Allroad, Q5 and Q7 models

Acura

RLX

Bentley

Continental

BMW 

2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6, i8

Buick 

LaCrosse

Cadillac

ATS, CTS, CT6, Escalade, XTS, and XT5 models

Chevrolet

Camaro, Corvette, Suburban, Tahoe 

Ford

Expedition 

Genesis

G80

GMC

Sierra Yukon

Honda 

Accord

Hyundai

Kona

Infiniti

Infiniti has not yet announced when a Head-Up Display will be available.

Jaguar 

XE, XF, XJ, F-Pace, E-Pace

Jeep 

Jeep has not yet announced when a Head-Up Display will be available.

Kia

K900

Land Rover 

Discovery Sport, Velar, Discovery, Evoque, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport

Lexus 

GS, RX

Lincoln

Navigator, Continental 

Mazda

CX5, CX7, Mazda3, Mazda6

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class, S- Class, C-Class, GLC

MINI

Hardtop 2 Door, Hardtop 4 Door, Clubman, Countryman

Mitsubishi

Eclipse Cross

Nissan

Nissan has not yet announced when a Head-Up Display will be available.

Porsche

Porsche has not yet announced when a Head-Up Display will be available.

Subaru

Subaru has not yet announced when a Head-Up Display will be available.

Toyota

Prius, Camry 

Volkswagen

Passat

Volvo

S90, V90, XC90, XC60. XC40, S60, V60

 

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