BRONX | NEW YORK | Toyota Motor Corporation is developing new technologies such as 3D heads up display (HUD) for production in it’s future vehicles, from the next generation Prius to future Lexus and Scion vehicles.
Toyota is working with technicians from silicone valley to help develop their first 3D HUD technology. All work and testing will happend right here in the United States at Toyota’s InfoTechnology Center in San Francisco, California.
The new 3D HUD is being developed to help driver tackle everyday driving hazards face by drivers. The HUD will feature new technologies and display 3D information like voice guided Turn by Turn Navigation, that displays 3D arrows in green that are projected on to the windshield. Making the arrow shows up in the exact spot on the road, where the driver should be making his or her turn, although the green arrows are projected on windshield. The arrow will reposition it self once the vehicle gets closer to it’s turning position. This give the driver the exact spot on the road to make the correct turn. Which will help drivers drive safely.
Other function that’s being displayed are active vehicle’s, bike’s and prodestritions, that are mark out on the HUD with stickfigure like red dots for prodestritions, red lines for vehicle and two red dots for bikes and motorcycles. The 3D HUD will also display parking spot that your vehicle are able to fit in, this is displayed using green 3D cone that glows up to the sky. The normal functions such as speed, climate conditions and other vehicle information’s are displayed in white.
Toyota new 3D HUD technology will be probably the smartest HUD available will in the automotive industry once it’s release. One of the tech we are excited about is. Real time warning of traffic hazards. The vehicle warns you of bikes and vehicles that’s about to mash into you -that way you are able take actions right away.
Toyota states that the HUD technology is being developed by Toyota itself and that no special windshield overlays are needed in order to view the 3D HUD. Instead Toyota will be using three special sensors needed for the HUD. These sensors are:
- Phased-array radar: Use to gather speed and position of objects such as vehicles, pedestrians, hazards near the vehicle.
- Cameras: Used to reveal their shape and form.
- Lidar (light detecting and ranging) gear: Used to accurately determine distances to intersections and objects the HUD will depict.
The HUD technology has been in the development phase for about two years now. Toyota is spending almost one million dollars an hour developing the technology and has not given any date as to when we should expect it’s million if not billion dollar tech In production vehicles.