It has already conquered the
mid-range cars, but it’s still new in the world of trucks – the head-up display
(HUD). Continental is one of the world’s first companies to develop a HUD for
commercial vehicles and has installed the technology in its own InnovationTruck.
Supplementing conventional instrument clusters, the display provides the driver
with greater safety and comfort by projecting a color image of important
driving information into his field of vision. Continental offers manufacturers
the display as a Windshield or a Combiner HUD. Customers can also choose to
have the display shown in the upper or lower field of view (look-up or
The display options and the
colour schemes of the HUD are very varied and can be freely defined by the
vehicle manufacturer. The display gets its data via the CAN bus and depending
on the available sources, the display choices range from speed, navigation
instructions and traffic sign warnings such as overtaking restrictions and
speed limits, to distance warnings, gas tank levels and the driving time
remaining until the next break. The driver gets all the important information
exactly where he needs it – in his field of view. This increases safety,
because he doesn’t have to take his eyes off the road for a second or two, as
is the case with a conventional instrument cluster – and his eyes don’t have to
focus on a shorter viewing distance before the flow of information starts and
then adjust again to the longer-distance view. This refocusing process takes time
and tires the eyes after a while.
Four versions – available as a
Windshield or Combiner HUD, with the display either shown at the top or bottom
of the field of view
The Continental HUD is
available as a Windscreen HUD, where the windshield serves as a mirror for the
displayed information. This version is ideal for commercial vehicles with
flatter windshields which are common in the USA. In the case of the Combiner
HUD, a transparent pane (the combiner) handles the image reflection in front of
the windshield. This version is particularly suitable for confined spaces with
more steeply curved windshields, which are more common in Europe. The vehicle
manufacturer can also choose whether the display should be shown in the upper
or lower field of view (look-up and look-down approach). Continental offers the
Windshield HUD in the look-down version as standard. The use of a head-up
display also gives OEMs new opportunities in vehicle design. The instrument
panel can be made smaller, for example, because all of its information content
can be transferred to the HUD.
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