Windshield Gizmo Finally Catching On

General Motors invented and patented a technology decades ago, promising buyers would love it.And the revolutionary gizmo sank without a trace.

But the heads-up display's time may finally have come.Heads-up displays, or HUDs, project information such as speed and warning lights onto the windshield above the steering wheel.The technology was in its infancy when GM first put it on cars in the 1980s.HUDs were jet-jockey stuff, part of the deal when GM bought Hughes Electronics, maker of satellites and other I-could-tell-you-but-I'd-have-to-kill-you gadgets.

So naturally, GM and its auto parts group -- later spun off to become Delphi -- put the gizmo on the small-selling Corvette and a few Buicks.

"Older drivers will appreciate this. With their eyes, it's easier for them to shift their focus from the road to the HUD rather than looking all the way down to the speedometer," GM executives said when they introduced the HUD.

Twenty years after that initial news conference, I can tell you that GM was right -- HUDs are easier on older eyes. Safer, too: It takes half as long to shift your focus from the road to an HUD as to look at the instrument panel.

Read the entire news on the source link below.

600450 Windshield Gizmo Finally Catching On glassonweb.com
Date: 29 June 2006
Source: Freep.com

See more news about:

Others also read

Thin glass is revolutionising the performance spectrum of glass and glass panes.
Launched in September 2017, the Solar Smart Mobility project aims to develop and industrialise a total new production area in supple, transparent photovoltaic glazing adapted to transport applications.
Register now to discover the latest innovations in automotive glass bending.
PGW confirms phased close-out of production at Creighton to occur throughout 2018.
Valtra, a worldwide brand of AGCO, is introducing a unique SmartGlass windscreen with a transparent display for agricultural tractors.
AGC Asahi Glass, a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, announces that its Kiriko glasswork has been chosen by Toyota Motor Corporation to be fitted to its new Lexus LS model released today.

From industry

Portuetxe bidea 18
20018 San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa) Guipúzcoa
Spain

Is Kuleleri, Kule: 2, Kat: 22, 4. Levent
34330 Levent-Istanbul/İstanbul
Turkey

Add new comment