Huawei presented the combination of a Head-Up Display (HUD) and Augmented Reality (AR) at IAA Mobility. They call it AR-HUD and the main trick is that it dynamically adapts the displayed graphics to the surroundings, the current situation and the driver’s perspective.
The transparent display can show the current driving speed, various warnings, navigation pictograms, information on the maximum permitted speed at the location, etc.
One of the key benefits is to increase driving safety. For example, AR-HUD can display information on the distance from the previous vehicle and evaluate whether it is sufficient with respect to the current speed. The display can also show information useful for driving in the dark or in heavy fog – among other things, it can accurately mark surrounding vehicles and pedestrians.
The HUD is set so that the virtual screen display is projected at an apparent distance of 7.5 meters as a 70-inch (180 cm) image. Information from the instrument panel is to be projected at the bottom of the image. The virtual display also plays the role of navigation, being able to project lane shift information into space.
Not only information, but also entertainment
Thanks to the extensive database of points of interest (POIs), the AR-HUD can display in real time information on car parks, restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas and petrol stations along the route. Even in completely unknown places, the driver will have enough information about the possibilities of refueling, shopping, dining or entertainment.
In addition to features that the driver will appreciate while driving, Huawei also counts on entertainment. Thanks to the clear, contrast and undistorted image with FullHD resolution, it can be used, for example, for movie playback. This is appreciated by the front passenger while driving and can be enjoyed by the driver when stopped. In addition to videos, games and video calls will be available.
AR-HUD can be installed in a wide range of vehicles. Optical path design and algorithm technology improve resolution and eliminate dizziness caused by ghosts, which are common in the case of conventional HUDs. According to product manager Kevin Huang, AR-HUD will continue to evolve towards a larger image, higher resolution and 3D display.
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