What is a heads-up display?

A heads-up or head-up display (HUD) projects images on the windshield and does not require the driver to look away from the road, because the display is transparent. This type of system was originally developed for and used for military aircraft to display necessary data for flight, but can now be found in modern vehicles. Some displays include speedometers to inform how fast the vehicle is going, navigational indicators, and tachometers. These types of systems are connected to the in-vehicle computers.
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Does my vehicle have a heads-up display or HUD?

If it is not immediately apparent that there are images projected into the windshield when looking straight ahead from the driver’s seat, then you may have to check your user manual. These images may appear in the windshield glass or projected in augmented reality using the curvature of the windshield glass.

What are the benefits of having a heads-up display?

The main benefit of having a HUD in your vehicle is not having to take your eyes off the road when driving to get necessary information about your driving and the vehicle. Any time you take your eyes off the road, no matter how brief, increases your chances of an accident, however there are certain things you should monitor when driving like your speed and how hard you are pushing the engine.

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Heads-up Display and Replacement

Because the heads-up display is typically projected into the windshield, you will need to inform whoever is replacing your windshield if you had a heads-up display previously so that it can be properly re-installed. Schedule an appointment with Safelite and get yourself back on the road.


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