Continental head-up display with DMD technology enters production with Lincoln
Lincoln Motor Company, a division of Ford Motor Company, is putting Continental's head-up display with digital micromirror device (DMD) technology into production. Continental’s solution was first integrated into the 2017 Lincoln Continental followed by the 2018 Lincoln Navigato. The improved human-machine interface (HMI) include head-up displays that show all relevant information in the driver's field of vision with the goal of reducing driver distraction and contributing to enhanced comfort and safety.
"It is a great achievement for the entire team that our digital micromirror device technology is going into production for the first time at Lincoln. Our solution closes the gap between the classic head-up display and augmented reality head-up displays and provides a better image with a larger display area," said Jennifer Wahnschaff, Head of Instrumentation & Driver HMI business at Continental North America.
Replacing previously used TFT LCD technology, the DMD generates graphical elements in the same way as digital cinema projectors, based on mirror optics and a picture generating unit (PGU). The image is designed to be brighter and sharper than with conventional head-up displays due to its intermediate screen, sequential color management, and a lens-based optical path. Due to the increased display area, more information can be displayed from other elements of the holistic human-machine interface. These characteristics then enable Lincoln to reduce redundancy between the head-up display and cluster. The DMD technology also forms the basis for augmented reality head-up displays.