GM cars to get F-16 fighter jet head-up display technology.

General Motors is testing head-up display (HUD) technology for its…

General Motors is testing head-up display (HUD) technology for its next-generation cars that will give drivers the same kind of situational awareness that Air Force F-16 pilots in Iraq have today.

The goal is improved safety for drivers and their passengers in all kinds of weather, day or night.

Also known as enhanced vision systems, the HUD systems that GM is putting through their paces use data produced by an array of vehicle sensors and cameras to project laser images directly onto the surface of a car’s windshield.

GM is also using night vision, navigation and camera-based sensor technologies to improve driver visibility and object detection ability.

“Let’s say you’re driving in fog,” said Thomas Seder, group lab manager for GM R&D. “We could use the vehicle’s infrared cameras to identify where the edge of the road is and the lasers could ‘paint’ the edge of the road onto the windshield so the driver knows where the edge of the road is.”

The system can also alert drivers to objects outside their normal field of vision, such as children playing or animals at the side of the road.

Source: Yahoo! News

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