Lincoln is one of the first automakers to step closer to full augmented reality windshields. Two of its models now have digital micro-mirror device (DMD) technology made by Continental, which projects bigger, clearer and more complex graphics. The technology is seen as a bridge between older heads-up display systems and forthcoming AR technology.
The system works in a similar way as modern digital cinema projectors. A picture generating unit produces an image which is enlarged and projected onto the windshield using a series of mirrors and lenses. The resulting image is much brighter than the previously common reflected LCD technology.