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Saturday
Aug222015

Demonstrating the Head-Up Display in a Mini Cooper 

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 regularly receive emails about the video telling me how I should have applied the anti-reflective film to my windscreen, despite the fact that 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 have complained that this isn't a true HUD because it's not projected on the windscreen. That's 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. 

Many, many people mentioned that the image displayed on the HUD looked very small in the video. During the commentry on the video I did take some time to explain how problematic it is to shoot a HUD with a camera, and mentioned that the image would look smaller in the video than it does to the driver..but 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. 

 

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Reader Comments (15)

Very, very nice. How much extra was the HUD? Was it an a la carte feature or did it come with a package?

My Garmin GPS provides similar speed limit data, but it pulls it from the map data. Your camera will definitely give more current information.

August 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Apologies, but I really don't know how much the HUD cost on it's own - I just ticked every option I wanted, then got the garage to work out the finance, it was still within the amount I was prepared to pay per month so I took it up. The more options that are on the car the more the HUD makes sense, without the sat-nav integration, or the speed awareness camera it would be a lot less useful. It's one of those 'in for a penny, in for a pound' type of situations.

August 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'm a Honda man and they group features into packages. I love satellite radio and usually that means I have to get leather and other features i don't want.

August 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Being an evil sort of person, can I spoof the camera that reads speed limits? Could I make a sticker with 1000 in a red circle, slap it on my rear bumper and have some evil fun? Sorry the voices in my head again.

August 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

No it only works with signs that are the standard size. The reason I know this is because it sometimes it ignores the mini 20 limit signs that get posted on lampposts in suburban estates. The speed you drive is still dictated by the right foot pedal, so even if I saw 1000, lit up on the dash, I don't have any obligation to go that speed.

August 23, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It seems the big difference from your earlier test is the piece of (solid) plastic the image is projected on. I guess the plastic has a special reflective coating on the side facing the driver, thus eliminating the double image?

August 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMac112dk

I have a Volvo V60 which does the same thing with speed limit road signs and also things like motorway 'start' signs. It reads them at distance but only displays them on the instruments when it actually passes the sign. Very clever!

My father used to have a Peugeot 3007 with a HUD, it worked well but the car was dire!

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim Robson

Good old Skem - Death By Roundabouts...

August 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAbz

Hi Mat,
Well the question now is - with so many cars having both a front (for use such as in this HUD) and rear camera (parking aid), when will manufactures decide to add a record facility, after all most cars with any SatNav now use a HDD and not DVD media. Just add in bluetooth / WiFi for review / file transfer and there you have it - fully spec'd car DVR. It could even record in case of any break-in theft etc, oh and auto save video and car data e.g. speed, gear & light on/off in case of an 'incident'...

August 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrahamK998

For those who are curious about trying an hud on their cars, there's an app called navier which have some of the features shown in the video. The results won't be as gorgeous as what was shown in Matt's video, but given that the have free (whith adds) versions for both android and iOS, I believe you might find it worthy giving it a whirl.

August 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpek0

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