BMW's Colorful Head-Up Display Technology

“War is the father of all things”: the sentence that was uttered by Heraclitus 2,500 years ago remains true today. Throughout the years, technology developed mainly for war machines has trickled slowly, but steadily, down to everyday applications.

The Head-Up Display [HUD] system used in military jets is a prime example. Launched initially in 1958 to keep vital information in the pilot’s line of sight, in the ‘70s it was adopted by general aviation.

And in January 2004, BMW became the first European car manufacturer to give its customers a HUD as an option. Drivers of the 5-Series could keep their eyes at all times on the road while still obtaining all essential information like speed, rpms etc.

BMW says that a normal driver takes his eyes of the road for at least a second in order to look at the instrument cluster or the navigation screen. During that time, even with a low speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), his car has already covered 14 meters without him or her paying attention.

Apart from eliminating the need to take one’s eyes of the road, BMW says that HUD technology also reduces the time the driver needs to assimilate the info displayed by more than 50%.

On jet fighters, flight data is directed to the canopy via mirrors – and then, in order to reduce reflections, is displayed on a vertical panel in the pilot’s line of vision.

BMW has found this solution impractical for automotive use. Therefore it has integrated an water-thin foil into the windscreen, allowing the driver to have a clear view of the data.

In addition, the automotive HUD, which will also be offered on the new 3-Series, has one significant advantage over the military: in its latest iteration, it displays information in different colors, helping drivers easily distinguish between the data, whereas pilots have to do with monochrome displays.


Tesla Model X Bizarrely Balances On Guardrail After Crash

This weird incident happened in France and, thankfully, no one was injured .

Porsche’s New 911 Speedster Is A Riot To Drive

A 503hp flat-six engine revving up to 9,000rpm, manual transmission and no roof is what dreams are made of.

Driver Of Stolen RV Leads Californian Police On Wild Chase

The driver of the RV injured at least three people and collided with seven vehicles.

2019 Audi A7 Is One Of The Best Sporty Executive Cars You Can Buy

It’s hard to ignore the sharp design, great build quality and extremely comfortable ride of the new A7.

Porsche Puts 2020 718 Boxster Spyder Through Its Paces

The 718 Boxster Spyder will sport a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six and a manual ‘box.

Nissan Chico Concept Is An Autonomous Playroom On Wheels

Can you imagine a future where a self-driving vehicle will take your kids to school?.

Car Manufacturers Use Crash-Scene Investigators To Improve Vehicle Safety

Volvo has been using its own on-site investigators since the 1970s in Sweden.

Jaguar Design Boss Wants Future EVs To Follow I-Pace Recipe

Ian Callum thinks most EVs will look very similar in the future due the nature of their underpinnings .

MG Entering Indian Market With New Hector SUV – Except It’s Not An MG

It is actually a Baojun 530, which also launched as the Chevrolet Captiva in Thailand and Colombia and Wuling Almaz in Indonesia.

1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E Is A Brand New Old Car That Costs $55,500

This pristine 190E 2.3 Automatic is a US-spec model that has only covered 300 miles from new.