Panasonic Corp announced Sept 2, 2013, that it will release the "Front Info Display CY-DF100D" head-up display in late October 2013.
The CY-DF100D can be linked to Panasonic's "Strada CN-R500" and "CN-R300" series of car navigation systems. And it allows the driver to check much-needed information such as information about where to turn right/left during route guidance, information about a bifurcation at an interchange, etc just by slightly turning the eyes, improving driving safety, the company said.
The CY-DF100D continues route guidance even when a passenger is operating the system for playing music, the radio, etc and the screen is not displaying a map. Moreover, the brightness of the HUD can be automatically adjusted with an illuminance sensor
The CY-DF100D consists of (1) the "Projection Unit," which projects an image, (2) "Combiner Unit," which reflects an image, and (3) "Multi Expand Unit," which is used for connection with a car navigation system. The Projection Unit and Combiner Unit are installed on the dashboard on the driver's side.
As of Aug 29, 2013, the CY-DF100D can be installed in Toyota Motor Corp's "Alphard," "Vellfire," "Prius α," "Isis," "Porte," "Sienta," "Spade," Nissan Motor Co Ltd's "Moco," Honda Motor Co Ltd's "Fit hybrid" and Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd's "Move Conte."
The Projection Unit measures 114 (W) x 50 (H) and 93.5mm (D). Its mass is about 202g. Its pixel count is 345,600. It is equipped with a transmissive projector using an LED light source.
The Combiner Unit has a size of 160 (W) x 94 (H) x 49mm (D) and a mass of about 107g. Its image reflection area measures 160 x 70mm.
The dimensions and mass of the Multi Expand Unit are 160 (W) x 30 (H) x 108mm (D) and about 505g, respectively. It is powered by a direct-current 12V vehicle battery. It supports NTSC video input.
There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price for the CY-DF100D. But its expected retail price is about ¥60,000 (approx US$601). Panasonic plans to produce 500 units per month.