Have you been a little jealous of those cool heads-up displays in sports and luxury cars? You know, the one that let you monitor vehicle functions right in the windshield where you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. Or maybe you’ve already been enjoying this perk in your current ride. According to an article over at Automotive News, they’re now beginning to hit the mass market. Also, according to Edmunds.com, this year there are 38 US car models offer standard or optional heads-up displays.
That’s up from 13 models just five years ago. These displays project light onto the windshield, creating an image that appears just above the hood about five to eight feet beyond the windshield. They’re quite useful for showing navigation routes, audio channels and other vehicle data. Some of the new displays can overlay a turn arrow on a street ahead, showing drivers exactly where to turn en route. There are still some financial challenges to offering this on more and more models, but several companies are stepping up to the plate to make it work. To read more on this click here.
There are so many new and exciting cars scheduled to drop in 2014 it’s hard to know where to start. Why don’t we start by overshooting our own defined time frame and have a look at the 2015 Ford Mustang? In this video, Angus MacKenzie and Ed Loh meet up with Raj Nair (Ford’s Head of Product), Joe Hinrichs (Ford EVP and President of the America’s), and Joel Piaskowski (Ford’s Design Director) to chat about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. The guys chat about the Mustang’s radical new look and advanced underpinnings including an all-new high output Ecoboost turbo 4-cylinder!
You have no doubt noticed the level of technology built into the modern automobile. Who could have guessed what we have today just 50 years ago? Where will we be in another 50 years? What about just 10, or even 5 years? Check out the video below to see the automotive vision of Texas Instruments in our near future.