Bmw Head-Up Display makes a decisive contribution towards driving safety

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 31, 2011

BMW has been consistently developing and optimizing the head-up display technology that both aviation and volume-production vehicles have been using. Wing Commander Robert Hierl, test pilot at the Technical and Airworthiness Centre for Aircraft, said that to have peace of mind when flying at about 220 metres a second, an extremely accurate head-up display technology is required.

A second, vertically positioned panel in the cockpit displays all flight-relevant data offered by the flight management system as well as information and signals critical to a mission on a front panel projector.

So that the pilot can’t be distracted, the information is shown in virtual form at eye level in the direct field of vision. This ensures the highest level of concentration, superiority and safety for the pilot as well as the machine. BMW was the first automaker in Europe to make use of head-up display technology. This driver assistance system has been a part of BMW ConnectedDrive offered for the BMW 5 Series since January 2004.

Presently, it is a full-color head-up display and it is offered as an option for nearly all series. When it comes to graphic representation, functionality and flexibility, the new Head-Up Display feature enhances safety by showing the driver-relevant information in high-quality resolution in the driver’s direct field of vision.

Researchers have determined that a typical driver takes one second to either look at the speed indicator in the instrument panel or to check the navigation device. This means that a driver is in a “blind flight” for about 14 meters when driving through urban areas at 50 km/h.

"With Head-Up Display, the time required by the driver to assimilate information is reduced by more than a half, the system making a decisive contribution towards concentrated and focused driving. The virtual image projected onto the windscreen is perceived as “hovering“ at eye level above the bonnet and is visible only to the driver. Moreover, this form of display is less tiring, as the eye does not have to constantly change between close-range and remote vision. Also, the brightness of the image adjusts perfectly to the surroundings, so that the eye does not have to readapt each time." said the press release.

The latest BMW to receive the new head-up display is the new 3-Series! The edgy, dynamic and stylish BMW 3-Series has led the segment’s design language all these years. Now on its 6th generation model, the top selling luxury brand gives more emphasis on the car’s sportier makeup. Let’s find out some more about this mid-size sedan.

At present, the usual size has considerably increased, obvious upon putting them side by side with their last entry or previous models. Nevertheless, we’re delighted to find out that the elegant appeal and sporty character just got even better in spite these changes.

First, the wedge-like contour of the new Series 3 model is due to the wider tracks measuring +37/47mm (front and back). So this is probably why the latest gen is sporting a more aggressive stance these days. Then, the newly designed kidney grille enhances its looks particularly with its slightly forward slants in upright position. As a result, the most noticeable style element goes to the low-slung front-end since it highlights the incredibly shaped bonnets and the new BMW’s high-performance feature.

Inevitably, the BMW 3-Series’ unique but traditional styling approach (i.e. for the greenhouse, wheelbase, overhang and bonnet) remains true to the brand’s dynamic proportions. In fact, the accessories surrounding its entire body only got more intense as years go by. Check out the car’s new eyebrow LED lights as well as the corona rings on the dual Xenon (optional) headlamps to see exactly what we’re talking about.

Likewise, the broader “new look” may have some other reasons to be thankful for (other than the size adjustments). This could be the extensive new pair of headlights that goes all around the kidney grille’s frame as well as the newly positioned larger air intakes at the lower edges. And finally, the small vertical openings on both sides generate more airflow at the front wheels to enhance BMW’s innovative “Air Curtain” technology. This type of additional ventilation on the main ducts lessens fuel consumption and increases aerodynamic efficiency. Thus, BMW once again proves it isn’t only a true symbol of beauty but also that it cares for road safety and the surroundings.

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