Ford’s Lincoln luxury division boasts offering the “clearest and brightest” head-up display in the business, available on the Lincoln Continental sedan and all-new Lincoln Navigator SUV. The display is provided by a tiny chip with 400,000 individual mirrors, each of which has a pixel refresh rate of around 5 kHz.
It’s also quite customizable, and the design places an emphasis on keeping clutter to a minimum. Information like vehicle speed, the time of day, and the posted speed limit is always present, but more time-sensitive elements – things like traffic directions and incoming call alerts – are given precedence, taking up a greater portion of the display and being illuminated more strongly. Just as important is what’s not shown; Lincoln’s new head-up display has been designed to compliment the gauge cluster, not replace it, presenting only the most useful information.
“A typical head-up display duplicates information displayed on the cluster,” says Anthony King, the development lead on Lincoln’s new HUD. “But this display makes for a unique and easy-to-use experience for our clients. This eminently visible head-up display and the instrument cluster serve to complement each other to ensure Lincoln clients look forward to every time behind the wheel.
“What we’ve developed is a leap in the quality and design of head-up display systems. You won’t really appreciate all it can do until you get behind the wheel to experience it.”