BMW’s full-windscreen HUD to see production in 2025

BMW Panoramic Vision shows information that is relevant for the driver and passengers with a higher light intensity and contrast onto a dark-coated area at the lower edge of the windscreen.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 20 Mar 2023 Views icon3428 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

BMW’s new head-up display (HUD) called BMW Panoramic Vision is to go into series production with the first ‘Neue Klasse’ models in 2025. Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, confirmed this during his speech at the 2023 Annual Conference last week.

BMW is currently developing a completely new technological platform for the Neue Klasse, whose name refers to the company's pioneering models of the 1960s. According to the German carmaker, this platform will set new standards in digitalisation, sustainability and design for electric cars.
The new head-up display, projecting across the entire width of the windscreen, creates a unique interaction and information surface for all occupants.

Describing the main advantages of the new head-up display, Frank Weber, Member of the Board for Development at BMW AG, said: “The windscreen becomes a single large display with our new BMW Panoramic Vision, opening up completely new possibilities for the design of our vehicles. Whether the driver decides themselves which information they want to display in their own field of vision, or that all occupants can see the entire content. The revolutionary projection and the significantly more clearly structured cockpit give an impressive new feeling of space and driving. We are taking our proven ‘eyes on the road – hands on the wheel’ slogan to a new level.”

For the first time the innovative projection technology allows visible displays across the entire width of the windscreen for all passengers.  BMW Panoramic Vision shows information that is relevant for the driver and passengers with a higher light intensity and contrast onto a dark-coated area at the lower edge of the windscreen.

This creates an extremely sharp image that is always visible across the full width of the windscreen. Information relevant to the driving situation is always available in the right place at the right time.

Driver-centric focus
The BMW Panoramic Vision represents the consistent driver-centric approach in the new BMW iDrive control system for the Neue Klasse. The BMW Group was the first car manufacturer to develop a cockpit that focuses on a particularly intensive, safe and concentrated driving experience. On-board computers with digital displays first appeared in the 7 Series in the 1980s. The first BMW iDrive in 2001 comprehensively reduced switches and buttons like no other control system before, creating a modern, uncluttered interior. The first series production of BMW head-up displays followed shortly afterwards.

At CES 2023 in January, BMW displayed its iVision Dee vehicle which shows how an extended head-up display can also be used for display control design and an immersive user experience in the future. The study demonstrates the fusion of reality and the virtual world by turning the windscreen windows into projection surface. This technology is now becoming reality as a series version in Neue Klasse vehicles as the BMW Panoramic Vision.

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