These augmented reality heads-up displays could be a big help for avoiding crashes.
Heads Up Display
Smartphones can enhance driving by acting as GPS systems, but Hudway takes the concept to the next level with its app, which turns any device running iOS (and in February 2014, Android) into a heads-up display that can be viewed on your windshield in low-visibility and low-light situations.
Head-up display (HUD), a technology borrowed from the aerospace industry and first introduced by General Motors to the automotive sector in 1988, seems to be grabbing a stronger foothold among consumers, reports The Detroit News. While only about two percent of vehicles were equipped with the technology last year, new estimates show that nine percent of new cars will be fitted with HUD by 2020.
As we've learned recently, GM is hot on the trail of turning the entire windshield into a heads-up display. Its vision is to display pertinent vehicle information and even safety alerts on the glass. Placing more information in your line of sight means you wouldn't be forced to look down at the dashboard or into the center console. Sounds good, but is this really such a good idea? Should driving a real car resemble a video game? Purists will tell you that cars should have little more than four
GM explains next-generation heads-up display tech – Click above to watch the video after the jump
GM's next-generation HUD concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
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