09-24-2006, 07:38 PM
Does anyone have experience with HUDs? I'm getting the probably not-so-bright idea to hack my SG-II to display data through a HUD (GM model HUD's available on auction sites).
Anyone else noodled over this or tried it?
09-25-2006, 06:07 AM
I think a decent argument could be made for a HUD on a human factors basis alone - increased safety. Ask any fighter or Airline transport pilot. Being able to obtain and assimilate information while keeping your eyes on the road would increase situational awareness and lead to increased safety.
Taking it one step further - if a driver could obtain and assimilate FE info in a more efficient manner, it would make logical sense to me that this would lead to more fuel efficient driving as well, IMO.
09-25-2006, 06:48 AM
At work one of our test cars is a loaded supercharged Pontiac Grand Prix. Last time I drove it I think I squeezed out 23 mpg or so in city driving which isn't bad for an 18/28 EPA rated car.
Anyway, it comes with the HUD and I love it. You can turn off the lighted gauge cluster and leave only the HUD on. I would always do this at night. One of GM's darn good ideas.
___If HUD’s are not on the manufacturers drawing boards or even radar screens, I do want to add that the Acura MDX has one of the nicest iFCD’s made in my experience. Without looking, you can sort of tell where you are on the graph by the width of the scales. The low (0 - 15 mpg) and high (35 - 50 mpg) readouts have wider bands and are easier to see the MDX jump into and out of those poor and great areas without actually looking at the display itself. I love the Honda Insight and HCH-I/II FCD displays but the Accord (Hybrid and non w/ NAVI) leave a lot to be desired. The Acura MDX’s may be the best of all?