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Colour Head-Up Display [HUD]

Head-Up Display projects important cluster information on the windscreen, allowing the driver to view it without looking away from the road.

The transparent, coloured display (Calais V and SS V Redline) features four screens, selectable by the driver, which show information including digital speedometer, tachometer, infotainment and turn by turn navigation.

holdenvf2“Head-Up Display is an underestimated technology,” said Ms Markham.

“We’re implementing a feature that has been present in military aircraft for many years, and it provides information to the driver in an intuitive manner.

“The safety advantages of this feature are tangible – it keeps the driver from glancing away from the road.  We generally find that once drivers have experienced the Head-Up Display, they won’t want to drive without it.” 

Key information featured in Commodore’s HUD include:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Tachometer
  • Turn signal indicators
  • High beam indicator
  • Selected gear
  • Forward Collision Alert indicator
  • Turn by turn navigation display
  • Audio functions
  • Outside air temperature
  • Phone information
  • Vehicle messages
  • Lateral Acceleration
  • Up-shift lights


The HUD system uses a series of mirrors to display the information on a specific high-technology windscreen. The HUD-enabled windscreen incorporates wedge lamination to provide excellent optic focus for the delivery of clear, sharp images.

Drivers can adjust the brightness and location of the image, or turn it off via a switch located next to the headlamp control.

Head-Up Display is based on technology originally developed in the US for military fighter jets. It enabled pilots to view vital information with the head positioned ‘up’ and looking forward, instead of looking down at lower instrument readouts.

General Motors began using head-up displays in 1988 - the Australian designed Chevrolet Camaro, for example, is a benefactor - and remains a leader in the field.

Forward Collision Alert (FCA)

This advanced and all-new active safety system is standard on Calais V-Series and SS V-Series models and uses a digital camera to help drivers avoid front-end collisions.

Along with Lane Departure Warning, FCA is designed to help minimise the risk of collisions commonly caused by driver error, distraction and drowsiness.

The high-resolution digital camera is mounted on the windscreen ahead of the rear view mirror. It looks for vehicles ahead and uses the vehicle’s Head-Up Display (HUD) to warn drivers if tholdenvf3hey are approaching another vehicle too rapidly and a collision appears imminent.

If the HUD function is turned off, the collision warning system will override this setting.

“Digital image sensors are used in just about everything from cameras to mobile phones to computers and this has made them a more affordable alternative for use in vehicles,” Ms Markham said.

“Studies suggest that people can use changes in object size as they approach to estimate how long until they collide. 

“Holden’s digital camera detection system works much like a human eye, using state-of-the-art image processing software to decide if the changes in the size of a vehicle ahead suggest a crash may be just a few seconds away.”
FCA operates at speeds above 40 km/h. The HUD shows green ‘vehicle ahead’ and amber ‘vehicle tailgating’ icons and a flashing red ‘forward collision alert’  icon, which is accompanied by warning chimes.

When the system predicts a crash threat, it anticipates hard braking by increasing hydraulic pressure in the brake lines. This helps to reduce response times and decrease stopping distances. It can be adjusted to near, medium and far timing settings using the system’s steering wheel-mounted control.


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