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Pioneer Preps Laser Heads-Up Display For Cars 116

itwbennett writes "On display at Japan's Ceatec show this week is a heads-up display from Pioneer that links with a smartphone's navigation system. The prototype uses a laser to display bright, high-contrast, full-color images on a screen that would be mounted above the dashboard so drivers don't have to take their eyes fully off the road in order to receive driving instructions from their robot overlords. The demonstration model was hooked up to an Android-based phone and displayed a navigation map on the left-hand side and an animated Android robot on the right-hand side that passed on information to drivers. 'We are currently aiming for an after-market product, but we are talking with car manufacturers,' said Masaya Hashida, tech manager at Pioneer's smart vision business development department." An anonymous reader points out another gadget shown at Ceatec: a pair of augmented reality glasses that projects information to a user's peripheral vision and weighs only 20 grams.
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Pioneer Preps Laser Heads-Up Display For Cars

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 08, 2010 @01:58PM (#33838468)

    Distractions are one thing, but I would love to have a HUD in my car that displayed the information that normally requires taking your eyes off the road (such as speed and fuel levels) and which would then open the door for adding safety features (such as displaying the relative locations of vehicles nearby and thus eliminating the need to turn to check your blind spots as well as augmenting your view of the road ahead and accentuating potential obstacles such as large furry mammals that tend to congregate in wooded areas near roads).

  • Green Laser (Score:2, Interesting)

    by kaiser423 ( 828989 ) on Friday October 08, 2010 @02:07PM (#33838548)
    So, does this mean that Microvision finally solved the green laser issue? From what I remember, their display is absolute badass packed into a box, but the green lasers on the market now are low volume, are expensive and require some fancy tricks to get them to work, making the overall design more expensive among other things.

    If they ever get a green laser on par with their red or blues, then man this display will take off and you'll see it EVERYWHERE because it will be low power, small enough and cheap enough to put just about anywhere.
  • About freakin time (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Friday October 08, 2010 @02:30PM (#33838810)

    The last couple of cars I bought I refused the option of a built-in satnav. Nevermind that they are way over-priced compared to portable units - the real problem I have is placement. I can put a portable unit right on the dash in front of me so I barely have to take my eyes off the road. Almost all of the built-in satnavs have their display half-way down the middle console where it is a major distraction to look at. Infiniti, and I think Volvo, used to have satnavs that popped up in the middle of the dashboard so at least the driver did not need to look down into the car in order to see the screen, but for some reason their newer models dropped that design and went to the crappy placement.

  • by Jakester2K ( 612607 ) on Friday October 08, 2010 @02:50PM (#33839132)

    It's not just people being stupid though, it's hard to drive and do other complex tasks at the same time.

    If you ask me they should all the outlawed. People need to plan their routes ahead and if they get lost they need to stop and reexamine their maps.

    If you ask me, human drivers should be outlawed.

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