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GM Working On Interactive Windshields 307

this_boat_is_real writes "Rather than project info onto a portion of the windshield, GM's latest experiment uses the entire windshield as a display. Small ultraviolet lasers project data gleaned from sensors and cameras onto the glass. General Motors geeks are working alongside researchers from several universities to develop a system that integrates night vision, navigation and on-board cameras to improve our ability to see — and avoid — problems, particularly in adverse conditions like fog."
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GM Working On Interactive Windshields

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  • Old news (Score:2, Informative)

    by SirGarlon ( 845873 ) on Thursday March 18, 2010 @09:05AM (#31521596)
    This is nothing new. I saw a concept video of something similar from GM in 1994. From TFA:

    General Motors has been fiddling around with head-up displays for 22 years now


    GM has no immediate plans to offer the technology in production models, but Seder says some of features could appear in vehicles at some point.

    Yeah, "could" appear "at some point." This is epic vaporware. Maybe spending millions researching cool gadgets and never bringing them to market is part of the reason GM went bankrupt.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 18, 2010 @09:26AM (#31521816)

    In the video from TFA they show the part of the system that tracks the driver's eyes and adjusts the HUD accordingly.

  • Re:Reward vs risk? (Score:2, Informative)

    by DarthBling ( 1733038 ) on Thursday March 18, 2010 @11:40AM (#31523500)

    Some more numbers...

    The GMC Yukon weights 5200 lbs or 2.6 tons, with the 4x4 version tipping the scales at nearly 5600 lbs or 2.8 tons.

    Even my Subaru Outback does even come close to this, weighing in at a blistering 3600 lbs.
  • Re:But (Score:2, Informative)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Friday March 19, 2010 @09:31AM (#31535758) Homepage Journal

    But I can't think of an American car that qualifies as a good beater with good MPG. Suggestions?

    All of them are actually imports in disguise except some Geos and the Focus which are designed with an import mentality and after substantial technology transfer. Focus is not a bad choice, but most models come with drum brakes in the back. You might be able to lift some discs from a ZX3 and put them on other models though. Escort was a Mazda 323. Chevy sold some Toyotas here and there. CRX is a good choice if you don't live in California or feel up to bucking smog restrictions... oh yeah, and don't mind driving the coffin you'll be buried in because it's too much trouble to pry you out of it. I guess you could strip it and install a cage :)

    Whatever you do, don't buy a Neon, they're about the most unsafe car being sold in the US.

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