Mazda Motor Corp employed a head-up display (HUD) that projects an image on the windshield for the new "CX-5" SUV (sport utility vehicle) in the aim of improving visibility.
This is the first time that Mazda has used such a windshield projection-type HUD for its vehicle designed for the Japanese market, the company said. The new CX-5 is scheduled to be released Feb 2, 2017.
An HUD displays an image as if data are floating in the driver's field of view. It is placed behind the meters of the instrument panel. An image displayed on its embedded LCD panel is reflected by a mirror and projected.
In the case of the CX-5, data such as speed and direction instruction are shown as if they are floating 2.6m away from the driver's eyes.
The HUD of Mazda's existing cars projects an image on a small plate called "Combiner" installed on the instrument panel. This time, the company improved the "distance" and "position" of displayed data by employing the windshield projection type, contributing to enhancing visibility.