Auto Glass Design Concepts Forecast Market
February 25, 2013
by Casey Neeley, email@example.com
Heads-up displays (HUD) for car windshields, once considered a
high-end, futuristic feature for luxury vehicles, may become more
accessible for the average consumer.
While luxury carmakers previously have been the trendsetters for
such as Mercedes Benz with its Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience
DICE concept, mid-level manufacturer Hyundai is entering the arena
with its HCD-14 concept vehicle, introduced at this year's North
American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The HCD-14 offers an interactive HUD which tracks eye movement
and hand gestures. The technology, similar to an interactive gaming
system, tracks user movements to allow adjustments such as volume
and navigation control, according to a report from SAE
Another average-consumer-friendly manufacturer, JVC/Kenwood, has
developed a HUD projector prototype. Displayed at the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas this past January, the company showcased two HUD
displays. According to the company, "One features Liquid Crystal
on Silicon technology which combines a reflective LCD and projector
technology for a navigation screen that appears to float in front
of the car's windshield. The other is based on Micro Electro Mechanical
System which uses a mirror to raster scan a laser beam that is modulated
by a video signals."
Entry into augmented reality design by these two mid-level manufacturers
offers a glimpse at just how accessible this technology may be for
the everyday consumer. Though interactive HUD units have yet to
make a splash in the market, the developing technologies are already
preparing to hit the ground running, gearing the futuristic technology
toward run-of-the-mill consumers.
The closer this technology comes to being a reality for the majority
of consumers, the better auto glass repair and replacement specialists
need to prepare
for these changes to the industry.
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