Continental has developed a head-up display (HUD) in a project spearheaded by its development and production service provider, Continental Engineering Services. This HUD is particularly suitable for integration into cockpits with limited installation space, such as in sports cars, the company noted. In addition the design of the display allows for reliable visualisation of information in the driver’s field of vision, which makes it intuitive and safe to use. Continental said this feature is especially important because driving functions are increasingly being transferred from drivers to vehicles, in the move toward automated driving.
HUD has been a feature offered as standard in luxury series vehicles, but has been difficult to achieve in vehicles with special space requirements, such as sports cars, noted Continental. It explained that by optimising the virtual image size visible to the driver in the windshield and modifying the projection distance, the developers have succeeded in significantly reducing the space taken up by the HUD.
Continental said that with an HUD, drivers receive all relevant information directly in their field of vision – where and when it is needed. While the drivers’ eyes remain focused on the road, all-important information, such as warning messages and speed limits, can always be read, it added. With the company’s HUD portfolio, Continental claims to provide one of the key technologies for holistic human-machine interaction, and enables safe and comfortable communication between people, vehicles and their surroundings.
Dr Christian Trapp, Senior Manager, Head-Up Displays, Continental Engineering Services, said the new compact HUD allows highly accurate visualisation of information on a projection area that is slightly smaller than in standard vehicles. With the smaller outward field of vision, this new development is in line with the vehicle concepts of most manufacturers, he added.