Cars get designer controls

Love your car, but would prefer red dials on the instrument panel? Visteon, Ford’s components and electronics company, has come up with a solution. It is a reconfigurable projected electronic instrument display that can change the style, language and design of instruments in the same way that the screen background on a computer can be […]

Love your car, but would prefer red dials on the instrument panel? Visteon, Ford’s components and electronics company, has come up with a solution.

It is a reconfigurable projected electronic instrument display that can change the style, language and design of instruments in the same way that the screen background on a computer can be personalised.

An almost infinite mix of speedometer, rev counter, gauges and TV monitor or navigation system maps can be shown, with the designs being pre-programmed by the vehicle manufacturer. The system should be available commercially within five years.

The display has greater image definition using a digital image projection process reliant on a Digital Micromirror Device, containing a Texas Instruments semiconductor.

The DMD receives light at a rate of 240 coloured image changes per second. These are projected through lenses and mirrors onto the display screen. The eye integrates the rapid sequence into a true colour picture.