The Jabil display sounds interesting indeed. But I am really thinking that most if the information on the instrument panel does not need to be presented there. Only warnings about deviations from where they should be. Possibly a GPS overlay indicating which lane to be in for the next turn, and where some targeted destination is. Best of all would be an IR camera overlay for use in fog or at night. But a gas gage and temp gage display when things are OK is a poor choice. A small pointer indicating speed could be handy sometimes, and som indication of vehicles in the blind areas along side could be quite handy. But never ever put any sound system or HVAC indicators in an HUD because those functions just don't rate that much attention.
It certainly makes more sense to have an HUD than the large LCD on the dashboard. With the LCD becoming the norm in vehicles the cost of a DLP to drive the HUD should become irrelevant. The last HUD I saw was an LCD embedded in the windshield, and that was a rather poor implementation because a good HUD needs to appear at the correct focusing distance as well as in the same field of view. This looks like an ideal application for a DLP.
HUD displays in some form or other will eventually find their way into consumer automobiles and motorcycles as the rule, not the exception, So much valuable information presented in a manner that is easy to interpret.
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