Combiner-HUD

Combiner-HUD Features

With the combiner-HUD Continental extends its range of scalable solutions for head-up displays (HUD). This compact example of the HUD principle is closely related to the windshield-HUD, but requires less installation space. A small, transparent plastic disc called the “combiner” is used as a mirror for the information shown, instead of the windshield itself. Now the ergonomic advantages of HUD technology can have the broadest possible use in the vehicle. The combiner-HUD can be easily integrated in whole vehicle families as well as in particularly sporty cars with limited space in the cockpit. Compared with the windshield-HUD the combiner-HUD requires only slightly more than half the installation space, depending on the application. This is possible because the windshield does not need to be integrated in the optical path here. Instead this path is positioned in the combiner, which is optimized for its optical properties. Under favorable conditions, a combiner-HUD even comes with just one single mirror in the interior. This makes the construction not only compact but also extremely flat, which also makes it easier to integrate in smaller or particularly sporty vehicles. The combiner provides almost the same ergonomic advantages: while reading selected information, drivers can constantly keep their eyes on the traffic. They no longer have to keep looking back and forth between the road and their display instrument.

Combiner-HUD

Technology

Compared with the windshield-HUD, the distance to the visual display of the Combiner-HUD is marginally shorter, between 1.5 m and 2m, which means that the driver’s eyes have to adjust slightly more to the shorter distance compared with the windshield-HUD.

New Integrated Combiner Head-up Display

Continental has reduced the minimum volume space for head-up displays even further to only 0.85 l. This was possible by integrating a Combiner Head-up Display into the Instrument Cluster. HUD and Instrument Cluster now share a single 3.5” TFT with synchronized images.

The integrated Combiner HUD is the next step towards offering head-up displays for all vehicle classes. It is also a proof of Continentals competence in system integration, to develop cost sensitive solutions with less system complexity but all functions that drivers demand.

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Events

Integrated Combiner at Tokyo Motor Show

Continental has presented its new integrated Combiner HUD to the public at Tokyo Motorshow 2015.
Continental sees high sales potential for this product in the Asian markets, in particular Japan and China.

Robert Drury presents on the topic of Augmented Reality during the 2015 SAE International World Congress.

2015 SAE International World Congress

Continental was the Tier One Strategic Sponsor alongside Honda for the 2015 SAE International World Congress in Detroit, MI, held April 21-23, 2015. Throughout the week, Continental had a number of industry experts present on a variety of Automotive and Tire topics. One of these thought leaders was Mr. Robert (Bob) Drury, Director of Engineering, Instrumentation & Driver HMI, Continental North America. Mr. Drury presented in a Tech Hub session, which featured short, informational presentations in a TED-like talk format. His topic of discussion was Augmented Reality with a focus on Continental’s Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HuD). Mr. Drury explained how the ability of the car can go far beyond the human scope with the use of such technology.

To supplement the presentation by Mr. Drury, Continental also had a Combiner HuD on display near the Tech Hub area.

SAE World Congress website: http://www.sae.org/congress/

Auto Shanghai 2015

April 22 – 29, 2015
Media Day: April 20 + 21, 2015

At Auto Shanghai 2015 Continental will present its latest Combiner Head-up Display technology and the recent Windshield Head-up Display generation with digital micro-mirror device (DMD) technology.

Visit us in:
Hall 5.2
Booth No.: 5B / H311
Auto Shanghai website: www.autoshanghai.org/en/

Augmented Reality Head-up Display Media Event

Auburn Hills, USA, October 29, 2014

On October 29th, 2014, Continental showcased its latest AR-HUD  technology  on public roads in North America for the first time. The program allowed journalists to test drive a vehicle equipped with one of Continental’s current Head-up Displays already in production, as well as the Augmented Reality HUD demonstration vehicle. During the event, executives and technical experts from Continental presented an overview of Continental’s comprehensive product portfolio for Driver HMI technologies. They also gave an outlook on the strategy towards a Holistic Human Machine Interface (Holistic HMI) and Continental’s technical capabilities in the field of Human Machine Interface, e.g. the new AR-creator for Augmented Reality Head-up Displays.

Press Releases HUD
Continental AR-HUD Technology for a Dialog Without Word

AR-HUD – Technology for a Dialog Without Words

Babenhausen, Germany, July 2014. The international automotive supplier Continental is developing an Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD) in order to facilitate a new form of dialog between the vehicle and the driver. The reality of the traffic conditions as seen by the driver is extended…

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Head-up Displays Find Their Way into Drivers' Field of Vision

Head-up Displays Find Their Way into Drivers’ Field of Vision

Babenhausen, Germany, July 2014. Since it was launched on the market, the head-up display (HUD) has gone from being an innovation for luxury-class vehicles to a technology for the mass market. It is not least thanks to its visible usefulness and improved technology…

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Continental First Look at Augmented Reality Head-Up Display for Improved Driver Information

First Look at Augmented Reality Head-Up Display for Improved Driver Information

Babenhausen, Germany, July 2014. The international automotive supplier Continental is presenting a new evolutionary stage of its head-up display (HUD). The Augmented Reality HUD supplements the exterior view of the traffic conditions in front of the vehicle with virtual…

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Continental Presents Combiner Head-up Display

Continental Presents Combiner Head-up Display

Babenhausen/Germany, July 22, 2014. International automotive supplier Continental is systematically continuing to extend its range of scalable solutions for head-up displays (HUD) for the human machine interface (HMI) in cars. The company has developed a particularly compact…

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Continental Further Than the Eye Can See

Further Than the Eye Can See

Babenhausen/Germany, July, 22, 2014. The “Augmented Reality Head-up Display” (AR-HUD) was recently presented by the international automotive supplier Continental in its demo vehicle. This new development has the ability to revolutionize…

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HUD Media Coverage

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

Head-up displays with “augmented reality,” the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road. Continental AG says it has lined up a production contract to supply its new HUD technology for an unnamed customer in 2017. Read the full article at autonews.com

Continental: The Technology behind the Augmented Reality Head-up Display

The international automotive supplier Continental is developing an Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD) in order to facilitate a new form of dialog between the vehicle and the driver. Read the full article at automotiveworld.com

Eyes On With Heads-Up Display Car Tech

As more technology comes into the car—from connected services like local search that require accurate input to driver-assist systems that issue a barrage of warnings—drivers will have to process more visual and audible stimuli. Read the full article at PCMag

Continental Shows Its Augmented Reality Head-up Display for 2017

The international automotive supplier Continental is developing an Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD) in order to facilitate a new form of dialog between the vehicle and the driver. Read the full article at autoevolution.com