Volume 15, Issue 5- September/October 2013
off the line
Volvo Car Group recently revealed a number of user-friendly safety and support technologies that will be introduced in the all-new Volvo XC90 at the end of 2014.
“We are introducing the first Volvos with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable,” says Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo Car Group.
The new technologies include:
Heads-up Display Avoids Driver Distraction
“The use of heads-up displays is now becoming an OEM option for some cars, and has entered the aftermarket accessory space,” says Chatterjee. “The primary content that is being displayed is driven by the instrumentation that is reporting from the OBD-II systems. Using this as the content source, speed, RPM, fluid levels, engine parameters, and driver’s system status can be displayed either individually or under ‘virtual instrument panels’ that are projected on the front windshield.
“This projected area for the display allows the driver to keep an eye on the road, increasing their forward attention from the traditional 33-percent forward-view duty cycle,” Chatterjee adds. “The traditional driving experience has the driver’s forward view shared with looking at the dashboard meters, the side mirrors and the rearview mirror.”
Automakers and aftermarket suppliers appear to be cautious and are not including infotainment content in the display. They are focusing, instead, on driver’s information and driver’s assist details, along with first-generation dashboard data.
“As display technology improves in resolution and brightness, as well as area, there will be more content types shown on the windshield,” Chatterjee says.
He also notes that the aftermarket is working on releasing second generation products with more video/animated content.
“The next step being looked at is the mirroring of the displays from
the console or an in-vehicle mobile device. Care just needs to be taken
to make sure that display objects that distract from safe vehicle operation
do not make it to the windshield,” Chatterjee adds.