New Optics for Cars

Jeff Hecht

Headlight and display technologies promise brighter views of the road and of driver controls but also raise challenges in automotive safety.

figureMBUX Hyperscreen, a three-part display by Mercedes-Benz. [Mercedes-Benz]

A new generation of automotive optics is emerging in the 2020s—and it has nothing to do with lidar. Look on the inside of a shiny new Mercedes-Benz EQ, for example, and you will see a glass display screen sweeping from driver dashboard to passenger door, and incorporating a speedometer, a map display, front-passenger entertainment and much more. While the use and size of automotive flat-panel displays have been growing for years, Mercedes’ “MBUX Hyperscreen” display is the first to stretch across the car’s entire width.

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