Some modern vehicles have a unique, high-tech feature called heads-up display. This innovative technology makes it possible for a driver to view critical information without taking his eyes off the road to look down at the dashboard.
Technically, the heads-up display feature is a part of the dashboard that reflects vital data, such as speed and navigational directions, onto the windshield. And because the heads-up display projects from the dashboard, there’s no concern that a windshield repair or replacement will impact the performance of the system.
However, if your vehicle has a built-in heads-up display, your windshield glass may have a special film or optics-enhancing plastic to prevent image distortion or secondary reflection. We’ll have to examine any damage in the heads-up display area of the windshield to determine if a repair will compromise the display. If we have to replace your windshield, we’ll need your vehicle’s VIN number to order the right replacement glass.
Heads-up displays were first used on fighter jets to keep them on track and on target. They’ve been available in consumer vehicles since the 1990s, but primarily in high-end models. If you can only dream of driving a luxury vehicle, you can still get the heads-up display technology.
Navdy is an after-market device that attaches to the dashboard. It syncs with Apple and Android devices to display data from map programs, as well as Internet music applications, and phone calls and texts, giving the driver a total hands-free experience. It can also integrate with a vehicle’s computer system to display speed, fuel economy and other data.
There are also apps like HUDWAY and Sygic and which turn your mobile device into a heads-up display projector for your navigational route.
These aftermarket heads-up displays would not likely be affected be a windshield repair or replacement.