You don’t have to be a Top Gun to realize flying modern aircraft through rain, wind and fog can be incredibly challenging. Pilots not only have to know their stuff, but must be able to process huge amounts of instrument data to avoid potential hazards.
The DigiLens AeroHUD–
AeroHUD’s FAA Certification is the first of its kind, and a testament to the integrity of DigiLens’ technology and material set.
Using AeroHUD, not only can pilots see telemetric data like compass, altimeter and speed, but also full 3D graphics of terrain, helping them clearly see approaching hills and the exact location of the runway—all whilst in white-out fog.
This demonstrates the true power AR has on helping to save lives. This level of clarification makes the pilot, especially those in small aircrafts or executive jets, more confident because they have a clear understanding of their status overlaying their clear forward view.
Industry-Leading HUDs for Aircrafts
Embraer, a leading manufacturer of commercial, business, and defense aircrafts and technology, is the first customer to install and certify the DigiLens integrated Rockwell Collins HGS 3500 Head-up Guidance System. Read the press release
“The holographically printed diffractive patterns bend, shape, magnify and route the light, performing a range of optical functions in the thin waveguide that ordinarily would require complex and bulky refractive optics,” DigiLens CEO Chris Pickett in Avionics’ article “Will Waveguide Become Standard in Future Head-Up Displays?”
HUD Systems are Becoming More Important Than Ever
An independent Flight Safety Foundation study found 38 percent of aircraft accidents and nearly 70 percent of landing and takeoff incidents could have been prevented if pilots used aircrafts equipped with HUDs.
Why? Because like motorists, pilots can be distracted by too much data coming their way from too many directions. They must continually make split-second decisions based on all that information–with little to no room for error. HUDs address this problem by placing critical flight data right in front of the pilot on one or two ergonomically placed glass displays. This provides greater flight path awareness, improving safety and making the pilot’s job a little less stressful.
With AR technology, HUDs can become better, accurately superimposing information from the outside world and eliminating the need for pilots to continually shift and re-adjust their focus between images.
The Future of AR HUDs
HUDs have been around for decades in large aircrafts, but the enabling technology behind them was simply too big for midsize and small business planes. DigiLens changed that when it delivered AeroHUD, the world’s first holographic waveguide HUD for commercial aviation. The wide field-of-view HUD is smaller, lighter and more affordable than competitive systems that were built around space-demanding overhead projectors.
Founded in 2005 as Switchable Bragg Grating (SBG) Labs, the name of our technology, DigiLens has been pioneering AR and VR displays for over 15 years.
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