An Israeli nanotechnology startup wants to supersize — and smarten — the conventional head-up display.
Spectralics, which has drawn interest and investment from Volvo Cars, has developed a hardware development kit for imaging systems, with a novel thin optical film technology as one of its core components. When integrated into a vehicles' windshield, the film serves as a mixed-reality display on which images and virtual objects can be overlaid.
Current head-up displays project a "fairly small" field of view, said Michael Schön, technology lead at Volvo Cars R&D Open Innovations Arena.
"Expanding the field of view can improve the user experience," Schön told Automotive News. "It opens up new possibilities to create a more immersive experience."