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Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors


Immersive Head Up Display (iHUD)


Immersive Head-Up Display (iHUD) is a collaborative project between Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), developing next-generation head-up displays for automobiles with a large projected image plus high resolution, high brightness and depth perceptions, shown in Figure 1. Inventive ways of achieving these features for an augmented viewing experience have been developed and protected. Five patent applications have been filed at the end of first phase (Year 1 and 2), four on HUDs with various ways achieving depth perception and one on the distributed HUD utilising the whole windscreen and vehicle interior.

The project has been extended into the second phase (Year 3 and 4) to implement and test the technologies in prototypes cars, with some important works on human perceptions. Two more patents have been filed, on auto-stereoscopic multi-view HUD for passengers or autonomous vehicles and on polarising screen to remove double images.


Figure 1. Concept of the iHUD.

Introduction of CPDS

Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors (CPDS) is in the Photonics area of the Electrical Engineering Division, with a research focus embracing photonic and sensing devices, functional materials and their integration at system level.

We aim to address future societal needs with new system functionalities through invention of novel device architectures based on in-depth understanding of basic material properties.

There is a wide range of activities within the group, including phase-only holography and its applications, high brightness multi-stable colour reflective displays, tuneable dielectric materials and devices for radio frequencies, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) device development, and novel sensors.

As well as conducting highly focused studies, we also specialise in the development of demonstrators for business exploitation and commercialisation. This is facilitated by multi-disciplinary expertise within the group and by our highly experienced team approach. Some of the outcomes from the group have been successfully transferred to our industrial collaborators for production.