“Head-up displays help you stay informed while keeping you focused on the road ahead. You can set what information to be displayed on the windshield. It is useful for multitasking because it allows you to check speed and direction at a glance.”
Head-up display (HUD) is a type of technology that projects information onto the windshield by using a device on your dashboard. HUD keeps you informed on some of the most crucial elements of driving such as speed, road signs, and directions. In existing systems, you are required to look down on the GPS map to determine the location, when your eyes should be on the road. But, HUD technology lets you focus on driving and nothing else. It makes things far easier because all you need to do is simply follow virtual lines and arrows.
The GPS on the windshield, for instance, is possible thanks to augmented reality. Augmented reality is a type of technology where computer-generated images are superimposed on the user's view in the real world. The technology enhances the driver's experience by creating a virtual image that is floating right above your hood instead of having information in your instrument cluster.
Depending on the model, HUD may appear differently, but the function is the almost the same. There, you can navigate what information to be displayed on your windshield that may include:
With the system active, you can receive information of your choice on your HUD. You won't need to take your eyes off the road when you have all the information you need right in your line of sight.
Here, we go into the positives and drawbacks of using a HUD, the pros and cons. Hopefully, this can relieve the burden of thinking you need to make a decision regarding HUD.
· It allows you to keep your eyes on the road at all times. We are all guilty of being distracted while driving. You will glance away from the road when you are checking for directions, the speed, etc. That's where HUD comes in handy. You can see all of the information you need in your line of sight. So it's truly convenient and useful in that regard.
· It can alert you and prevent a possible crash. If you turn on the Lane Departure Warning, for instance, HUD is going to graphically show you the lane status and help keep you in your lane, so that you don't cross from one side onto the next.
· You can follow navigation instructions more naturally. As HUD paints and highlights virtual paths onto the road, it is far easier for a driver to follow the directions. It can also add markers and visible signs on the road, making your driving experience more safe, dynamic, and exciting.
· It can be yet another distraction for the driver. When there is an overload of information on your windshield, your eyes may wander to take it all in. You may prefer a clutter-free windshield as all the information can get in the way of your sight.