Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Head-Up Display Keeps Eyes on Road; Fighter Pilots

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Head-Up Display Keeps Eyes on Road; Fighter Pilots

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A UNIQUE system initially developed for aviation is now making a decisive contribution towards driving safety.

Low-flying over hilly terrain at a speed of almost 800km per hour in the cockpit of a Eurofighter jet is a challenge to even the most hardened of military pilots.

aWhen you're flying at tree-top height at around 220 metres a second, only extremely accurate head-up display technology is able to provide the necessary ease of mind,a said Wing Commander Robert Hierl, test pilot at the Technical and Airworthiness Centre for Aircraft.

By means of a front panel projector, all flight-relevant data supplied by the flight management system as well as information and signals crucial to a mission are displayed on a second, vertically positioned panel located in the cockpit.

In order to prevent the pilot from being distracted, all information is displayed in virtual form at eye level within the direct field of vision, thus guaranteeing the highest degree of concentration, supremacy and safety for both the pilot and the machine.

BMW was the first European car builder to adapt head-up display technology a a system initially deployed in aviation and constantly further developed over several decades a for use in volume-production vehicles.

Since January 2004, this innovative driver assistance system has been an integral part of BMW ConnectedDrive offered for the BMW 5 Series.

Consistently further developed and optimised, it is now a full-colour head-up display and optionally available for almost all series.

In terms of graphic representation, functionality and flexibility, the unique new head-up display feature makes a significant contribution towards active safety by displaying driver-relevant information in high-quality resolution within the driver's direct field of vision, so that he or she does not have to take their eyes off the road.

It is a crucial gain in safety as researchers know a a normal driver takes a whole second to read the speed indicator in the instrument panel or to glance at the navigation device. …

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