Head-up displays are often found in airplanes or video games, but not in cars until now. Head-up displays project information from a cars instrument cluster onto the windshield. This transparent display is visible only to the driver. A driver can see their speed of travel and other pertinent information on their windshield, but because the information is displayed transparently, the drivers view of the road is not obstructed.
Now available in higher-end cars, the technology is intended to make driving safer by allowing drivers to reference information without taking their eyes off the road. However, some experts argue that head-up displays may actually lead to more distracted driving and sometimes accidents.
No federal standards have been set regarding the safety of head-up displays, nor have there been any standards set regarding what information can or cannot be displayed. In addition to a clock and speedometer, some head-up displays can display text messages, social media accounts, music playlists, and web pages. The display of information not related to driving causes some experts to be concerned about motorist safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just begun to research the effects of head-up displays on drivers. Head-up display technology is being incorporated into vehicles before adequate research has been done on the displays distractibility.
Skeptics also point out that it may be too soon to have head-up displays in consumer vehicles. Customers oftentimes don't know what a head-up display is, nor do they request it when purchasing a new vehicle. According to a J.D. Power Study, 33% of new car owners have never used the head-up displays in their vehicles.
Head-up displays are currently available as an add-on feature (ranging from $500 to $1,000) or as standard equipment in Lexus, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes, and Audi models. Despite of the lack of research on head-up displays and driver distraction, additional car manufacturers are expected to incorporate the technology into vehicles in future years.
There are many things that can distract you while driving and some of these distractions are the car manufacturers fault. If you have been in an accident due to distracted driving, contact a knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Sacramento at Arnold Law Firm immediately.