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Sunday
Nov252012

Heads-Up! Here's a HUD that plugs into your car's OBD socket.

It's good to review a category of device that I haven't looked at before, and whilst there probably is no reason why anyone would need a Head Up Display in their car, it's still quite a fun (but quite expensive) gadget.

Concept cars have featured HUDs for years now, but there are some less exotic vehicles already on the market that are fitted with these, most commonly to show the speedo. I'd be interested to find out how the manufacturers resolved the double-image issue that I experienced with this device. I assume that most would use an angled piece of perspex or a reflective sheet…but it's something that I'll need to look into. If anyone reading this has a car with an HUD, please let me know how well it's implimented.

If you do want to purchase the Actisafety ASH 3, it is  for about £90

Technical details abut this review (people might ask - so I'm pre-empting the question)

This was a difficult one to shoot because of all the low light footage. You will notice a lot of blocking and grain in some shots taken inside the garage. The blocking gets added when I render out the finished video from iMovie (it looks fine during editing).  I've tried using different bit rates and formats without any success.  My camera also didn't like focussing on a reflected object on a windscreen in the dark….normally this would be a good thing, but on this occasion, that's exactly what I wanted to do. The cameras used were as follows. The Sony HX100V for the product shots. The moving in-car night footage was shot with the Koonlung Wired Bullet Camera, and the parked-up night footage was an iPhone 5.

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Reader Comments (21)

Hey!

As a long time subscriber of your youtube channel, thanks for doing the videos!

As for the plastic sheet, would you thing a polarizing sheet instead of the supplied one works? I was just wondering because, polarizing filters are supposed to cut down on reflections in photography. If possible, could you try with a transparent sheet of polarizing film and see if the reflection is cut down?

Thanks for the videos!

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKumar

Nice review. I didn't even know such a gadget existed for the consumer. Too bad about the double image but it makes you wonder how aircraft get around this issue.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

@ Tom: actually it's not projected onto the multi-layered window itself. The head-up display consists of a projector and an own combiner 'display'. Rockwell Collins makes some great head-up guidance systems used in aircraft such as the Bombardier CRJ-200.

The display unit in this video is not a projector and the reflective sheet is not functioning properly as combiner. There's no calibrated, infinity focus image, it's just a toy. Altough I bet that's for a great part to blame on this particular model. There are systems for cars which are properly engineered, which in turn of course, will be more pricey.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergadgeteer

I'm been looking for this thing for years now. I bought a version of this a few years ago on eBay (data from GPS instead of OBD port). Although the plastic sheet that came with mine is a bit better (more rigid, perfectly plain and self adhesive), the result is the same you mentioned in your review.

Some cars got it from factory and it's actually cool... here in Brazil, Peugeot 3008 (in France too as I could see it working) and 508 got a HUD, It's a small plastic screen (retractable) that displays car info such as speed and info from the board computer.

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRafael

Techmoan, you can think about some Android application used in Android phones called Torque. With some HUD widget for Torque you can add many information from the OBD using some ELM327 OBD2 Mini Bluetooth Dongle which costs about $15 on ebay.
If you don't like the HUD feature you can still use the ELM327 and Torque to monitor your car and check and solve some faults just using your Android phone.
I think this is a better and cheaper solution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb6D1_Y0g9c

enjoy,
Mtz

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMtz

Might work well on a motorcycle windshield (non-laminated plastic) or with reflective window tint mylar? Would be nice to have a HUD on a bike - good excuse for a windscreen, too. BTW: Suggest your next review be on a Triumph.
Thanks!

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMotorMac

MotorMac...All my reviews are a Triumph (of style over substance), but unfortunately I can't see myself doing any more automobile reviews. The bike HUD idea is a fun one other than the fact that (as far as I know) bikes don't have OBD ports.

December 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Now that I've seen this, I want one. That is, if they can get the double image thing worked out. As you said, it's totally useless but fun.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMottikhan

FYI regarding the windsheild film for the HUD. It appears to be no different than any other car window tint film, so it needs to be applied with some water, or soapy water. You wet down the window: apply film: squeegee out air bubbles and excess water. Enjoy perfectly fitted and flat surface.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames Scott

I have a Bmw x5 with heads up absolutely love it keeps my eyes on road for speedo , gps and any other warnings ,it is clear and non invasive, if I were to change cars it is something I would miss...

April 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlove my hud

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