A couple of years ago I attempted to review a HUD (that's a head-up or heads-up display) which could be fitted into any car and powered by the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port.
It wasn't a great success - however I still get regular emails about the video telling me how I should have applied the anti reflective film to my car windscreen, despite the fact I no longer have the film, the car or the HUD.
Nevertheless the idea of a HUD had sufficient merit for me to request one as a manufacturer fitted option when I specced up my new Mini earlier this year. A number of people spotted this HUD in my other videos and have asked me to make a video about it....so here it is.
Since releasing the video a number of people are saying that one this isn't a true HUD because it's not projected on the windscreen. This is nonsense - a quick google image search will show that the HUDs in fighter jets are not projected on the canopy - but on a piece of plastic(?) above the instrument panel and in front of the pilots line of sight. A HUD can be reflected off a windscreen, or a piece of perspex - either way it's still a HUD - a Heads-Up Display. If you really wanted to be pedantic you could say that the HUDs that reflect off windscreens aren't true HUDs because the original ones in fighter jets didn't work that way.
A number of people mentioned that the image displayed on the looked very small. During the commentry on the video I explained how difficult it was to shoot the HUD and talked about the compromises that had to be made with my camera placement which resulted in a smaller image than the driver would see. However it seems that this section of commentry has largely fallen on deaf ears.
They say a picture paints a thousand words, so the 12 second video below should be worth a million. It demonstrates the magnification factor as seen from (just in front of) the driver's perspective.