• Volvo Concept Lab Workson Head-up Displays

    The head-up display project, organised by the Volvo Group, is directed at improving road-vehicle-driverinteraction. The designers believe that this technical solution has the potential to significantly advance the issues of road safety and driver comfort.

    The technology involving head-up displays (HUDs) was initially meant for the purposes of military aviation. Itwas steadily developed during the second part of the 20th century. Some 5 years ago, the HUDswere first implemented into cars. Though, the truck specialists have so far questioned the idea of using HUDs on the windshields of heavy-duty vehicles. The main concern is that the influential factors of the human-vehicle interaction inside of a truck are much more complex than in the case of cars. There are differences in the display representations, levels of vibration and physical packaging limitations. But the Volvo Concept Lab team is now doing what previously thought to be impossible. As of today, there are vivid project results in the form of the largest display ever produced. It boasts unique visibility, which is seven times greater than in a car, as well as a projected image, which dimensions have been doubled.

    The next stage of the concept development will involve strenuous research work on the information strategy. The crucial questions here are what data to display and when to do it. It’s so important to find the golden mean in order not to distract the driver but to support. First and foremost, the provision of information should be time appropriateto guarantee that the driver won’t see a message on the windscreen when his attention needs to follow a busy intersection. Secondly, the head-up display technology should be flexible and conform to distinct peculiarities of the highway and urban driving.

    The experts from the Volvo Group believe that the HUDswill be appliednot only to Volvo FH tractor units and trucks but also to the brand’s busesand construction machinery.