Lincoln Motor Company, a division of Ford Motor Company is, for the first time,
putting into production Continental’s head-up display with digital micromirror
device (DMD) technology to allow drivers to communicate even better with their
vehicles in the future. The solution from the technology company was first
integrated into the 2017 Lincoln Continental, followed by the 2018 Lincoln
Head-up displays show all
relevant information in the driver’s field of vision, reducing driver
distraction and therefore making a significant contribution to enhanced comfort
and safety. “It is a great achievement for the entire team that our digital
micromirror device technology is going into production for the first time at
Lincoln. Our solution closes the gap between the classic head-up display and
augmented reality head-up displays and provides a better image with a larger
display area,” says Dr. Frank Rabe, head of the Instrumentation & Driver
HMI business unit at Continental.
Replacing previously used TFT LCD technology,
the DMD generates graphical elements in the same way as digital cinema
projectors, based on mirror optics and a picture generating unit (PGU). Thanks
to an intermediate screen, sequential colour management and a lens-based
optical path, the image is brighter and sharper than with conventional head-up
displays. The Lincoln head-up display is one of the brightest and largest in
its class and allows drivers to see the display even through polarized
Moreover, due to the increased display area,
more information can be displayed, for example, from other elements of the
holistic human-machine interface. These characteristics then enable Lincoln to
reduce redundancy between the head-up display and cluster. The DMD technology
also forms the basis for augmented reality head-up displays.
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