Continental has announced its new, lighter and more compact, head-up display has made the leap from luxury to mid-range vehicles and is now being fitted in the new BMW 3 Series. It shows relevant information such as speed, navigation and infotainment data, as well as warnings in the driver’s direct field of vision.
The head-up display’s virtual screen appears around two metres in front of the driver so he is informed of all important issues without looking away from the road.
“The head-up display reduces driver distraction and increases driving safety. It is important to us that these benefits are passed on to as many drivers as possible. We are extremely proud of the fact that with the BMW 3 Series the head-up display is now also available in mid-range vehicles,” said Eelco Spoelder, head of Continental's Instrumentation and Driver HMI business unit.
In 2010, Continental began series production of the second-generation head-up display at
Continental says that, compared with the previous, restricted colour spectrum, new white LEDs project the entire colour spectrum from the image generated on a TFT display. The increased brightness of the white LED technology in the new image generation unit means that the this generation of head-up display offers significantly greater contrast and can also render features such as night view displays.