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HIGH-QUALITY AUTOMOTIVE INSTRUMENT DISPLAYS

 HIGH-QUALITY AUTOMOTIVE INSTRUMENT DISPLAYS
 DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Higher-quality instrument displays


for cars are now possible because of new advances in electronics.
 Speaking before the 1992 SAE International Congress and Exposition, Feb. 24-28 in Detroit, scientists from three Japanese corporations described the current state of very high contrast (VHC) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and heads-up displays.
 Since the VHC LCD was first introduced on the 1989 Lincoln Continental, it has been widely used in automotive displays because of its excellent legibility and high-quality appearance. New displays using xenon backlighting are used in the 1992 Chrysler Imperial and New Yorker.
 A heads-up display is an instrument system that displays information in the line of sight of the driver, rather than on the dashboard. This technology allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road, but still read the speedometer, fuel gauge, warning lights, or other indicators.
 Typically, the information is presented as a direct-view image on the windshield or as a virtual image on a specially treated mirror surface.
 One of the biggest advantages of an LCD for a heads-up display is that a multi-color image is easy to display, such as in the 1991 Toyota Crown.
 New materials and optical designs in VHC LCDs have improved the appearance of conventional automotive instrument displays with xenon bulbs and a highly reflective blue-green color, and increased the reliability and optical characteristics of heads-up displays.
 For further information on the SAE International Congress and Exposition, contact Debra Jacob at 313-393-4400, Ext. 3048, or at 412-776-4841, Ext. 456, after Feb. 27.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Pontello of SAE, 412-776-4841/ CO: Society of Autmotive Engineers ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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