FIC, which has successfully developed full color laser beam scanning (FCLBS) technology for AR HUD product, was awarded as the CES 2021 Innovation Honoree.
The company has developed this after years of efforts. Lately, FIC (First International Computer) group focuses its core business in automotive electronic design, especially for car manufacturers and Tier 1, Tier 2 suppliers.
According to Mr. Alex Dee, vice president of automotive electronic R&D department of FIC group, “many of the HUD products out there in the market today are built by applying TFT or DLP technology, and most of them will reduce the display clarity due to the influence of natural light, which will cause the driver’s eyes to be tired easily and the projected images become blur in some way.”
He added that FCLBS technology is mainly designed to prevent from direct sunlight affecting the projected images, and through the automatic sensing system to detect environment light source and automatically adjust the projection brightness during driving.
It gives drivers the most comfortable, clearest and safest imaging effect from any weather while driving, Dee stated.
Over the past few years, augmented reality technology has evolved from 2D images to 3D projection, which is integrated into our real life environment, bringing people diverse and different life experience and convenience.
Like this, when AR technology is applied to our daily driving, all data information of vehicle will no longer be limited just to the digital instrument cluster, or the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which will integrate with traffic environment in 3D virtual projection and directly display information on the windshield in front of the driver’s eyes, making driving safer and more convenient.
FCLBS can still clearly project the AR images to 5-50 meters ahead on the road under strong sunlight, heavy rain and foggy situations, which becomes a new way of driver’s safety navigation warning path while driving.
Augmented reality system
Also, eye tracking technology has been applied into the FIC augmented reality head-up display system, so it can automatically track on drivers’ eyes and provide vehicle information like forward collision detection, speed, navigation, traffic warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition and other important warning signals on the windshields.
These will be given in order to assist the drivers pay more attention on the road instead of looking down on the cluster upon driving, which gives more safety and convenient driving experience.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
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