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      11-27-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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BMW head-up display (new accessory - retrofit)

A BMW Group press release of Nov 24, 2014 mentions the release of a head-up display as accessory ("BMW Head-Up Screen"):
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...tem=node__4308

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"Innovative BMW Head-Up Screen makes driving safer.
Driving a car without the BMW Head-Up Display doesn’t mean missing out on the additional safety it provides. Indeed, the innovative new Head-Up Screen from the Original BMW Accessories range likewise allows navigation instructions and the latest vehicle information to be displayed in the driver’s field of view. The Head-Up Screen can be used in almost all BMW vehicles, workshop installation is quick and the cable used to connect it with the vehicle electronics is barely visible. It can also be retrofitted at any time. All the information can be viewed on the transparent display and is positioned directly in the driver’s line of sight. The information on the Head-Up Screen is very easy to read, even in direct sunlight, which means drivers no longer have to take their eyes off the traffic and can concentrate without interruption on events on the road. The result is an improvement in both safety and comfort at the wheel. The Head-Up Screen shows a range of vehicle information, such as the fuel gauge and – when the temperature drops – a warning of black ice. Other functions include an output display, torque display, cruise control display, the current speed limit, a traffic jam warning and the altitude above sea level. Complementing the Head-Up Screen is the BMW Head-Up Screen app for Android and iOS, which can be used to adjust all the Head-Up Screen’s settings, such as the display brightness and selection of information to be shown. The BMW Head-Up Screen receives its navigation data via Wi-Fi using an app on the driver’s smartphone developed by Garmin and BMW (available for Android and iOS). Owners can download a free update for the navigation app once a year. Both apps are free."

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      11-27-2014, 09:55 PM   #2
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Wonder if this works with a 1er ?
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      11-27-2014, 10:02 PM   #3
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same, i would definitely pick this up
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      11-28-2014, 12:18 AM   #4
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Wonder if this works with a 1er ?
"The Head-Up Screen can be used in almost all BMW vehicles".

Likely not inside the Isetta. Okay, seriously, we gotta find more info about this new gizmo.
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      11-28-2014, 05:16 PM   #5
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Interesting. Seems pretty BMW universal. Curious about the full breath of information to display.
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      11-29-2014, 07:33 AM   #6
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Maybe I would get used to it but I didn't really like the heads up display in the M5 and M6 when I was doing M school in 2011. It was kind of distracting to look at the gauges while you are trying to look at the road. But that was only a few hours over 2 days. You definitely can't focus on the gauges and the road at the same time. But even out of focus, I guess you could see it if anything was wrong.
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Garmin does already have a similar item on the marked, which is completely GPS-based. This could be a rebranding of one of those, but it seems like this is connected to the car somehow, as you can get the fuel gauge and outside temp. (with warnings) up. I would really like to see some more information about this and how it works.

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The graphics seems to be better on the BMW version, but it could just be the next gen. of the same item or something.
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      12-16-2014, 09:22 PM   #8
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So figure BMW charges what, $599 for this?
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      12-16-2014, 10:40 PM   #9
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very cool!!
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      12-17-2014, 11:54 AM   #10
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I bet it plugs into the obd2 port.
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I've seen this in the 4 series and while it is cool, the technology is still too early and buggy for my tastes. Especially on a retrofit I would be concerned that it would be complete rubbish.
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I'm waiting for the 1M specific version which projects on windshield when traction control is on then projects data to the two side windows when you turn it off!

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Well if it's a dealer install option, it might just connect to the CANBus directly rather than taking up the OBD-2 port. Aftermarket has been at it for almost 10 years (my previous car had the Defi VSD and its own sensors plus tapping the factory speed sensor and engine rev lines on the ECU) so I don't know what kind of bugs we would see on this
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Go drive a 4 series with this option on it. You'll understand, its very difficult to see yet obstructive to your vision at the same time.
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Maybe I would get used to it but I didn't really like the heads up display in the M5 and M6 when I was doing M school in 2011. It was kind of distracting to look at the gauges while you are trying to look at the road. But that was only a few hours over 2 days. You definitely can't focus on the gauges and the road at the same time. But even out of focus, I guess you could see it if anything was wrong.
I have to agree, I had this one of my corvette's and it was very distracting.
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Go drive a 4 series with this option on it. You'll understand, its very difficult to see yet obstructive to your vision at the same time.
I had a loner X3 with a HUD a few weeks ago and loved it. You can adjust where it sits in your vision ie up and down, and also the brightness. I found it very useful and intuitive. However I am an Avionics Tech in the Navy and have worked on HUD's in EA-18G's as well as the JHMCS so I am a bit biased. Not sure how the aftermarket one will compare, but I'm interested in finding out.
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