BMW Boss: Big Screens To Be Replaced By Big HUDs
Automotive technology is developing at a dizzying pace, but that rapid progress has created quite a few side effects along the way. Take screens, for example. It’s illegal to even hold a cell phone while driving in many states, yet there’s a large screen on the dash of almost every new car today – sometimes more than one. BMW’s board chair has thoughts on the issue and believes we’ll see a big shift in how screens are used in the next few years.
Automotive News reports that at CES 2023, Oliver Zipse said, “In 10 years, that is gone. Probably the regulator will not allow it,” speaking of the touchscreens and displays in the center consoles of new cars. He also noted that distracted driving is a more significant source of accidents than speed.
BMW is working toward that vision and will roll out a new head-up display system in vehicles by 2025. The technology will expand the size of BMW’s HUD systems with more information and visuals that can be seen by everyone in the car.
A large display splattered across the windshield sounds slightly more distracting than a touchscreen in the center stack, but BMW is working toward a just-in-time display that shows information only when it’s needed. The company showed an early version of the system in its Dee concept car. The visuals accompanying the car show a display that stretches the width of the windshield but only at the bottom. The driver controls the system using a touch slider on the dash.
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Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.
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