GM Develops New Augmented Reality Windshield Display

Posted: Mar 17 2010, 9:07am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:02pm CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles


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GM has developed a next-generation head-up display technology that could transform the everyday windshield into a device that can make driving safer and more convenient.
This enhanced vision system creates an augmented reality, leveraging night vision, navigation and camera-based sensor technologies to project images produced by ultra violet lasers onto the surface of the windshield.

“We’re looking to create enhanced vision systems,” says Thomas Seder, group lab manager-GM R&D. His team is working with Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Southern California, as well as other institutions, to create this new AR windshield head-up system.

“Let’s say you’re driving in fog, we could use the vehicle’s infrared cameras to identify where the edge of the road is and the lasers could ‘paint’ the edge of the road onto the windshield so the driver knows where the edge of the road is,” Seder said.

Coated with a series of transparent phosphors which emit visible light when excited by a light beam—in this case from a compact laser—the windshield becomes a large area transparent display, instead of current HUD systems that use only a small portion of the windshield.

The ability to use such an expansive surface enables the system to alert drivers of potential dangers that may exist outside of the normal field of vision—including children playing or motorcycles passing.

It is not yet clear when GM is able to introduce this new display technology in production cars.

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