We propose a virtual-image head-up display (HUD) based on the super multiview (SMV) display technology. Implementation-wise, the HUD provides a compact solution, consisting of a thin form-factor SMV display and a combiner placed on the windshield of the vehicle. Since the utilized
display is at most few centimeters thick, it does not need extra installation space that is usually required by most of the existing virtual image HUDs. We analyze the capabilities of the proposed system in terms of several HUD related quality factors such as resolution, eyebox width, and
target image depth. Subsequently, we verify the analysis results through experiments carried out using our SMVHUD demonstrator. We show that the proposed system is capable of visualizing images at the typical virtual image HUD depths of 2–3m, in a reasonably large eyebox, which is slightly
over 30cm in our demonstrator. For an image at the target virtual image depth of 2.5m, the field of view of the developed system is 11°x16° and the spatial resolution is around 240x60 pixels in vertical and horizontal directions, respectively. There is, however, plenty of room for
improvement regarding the resolution, as we actually utilize an LCD at moderate resolution (216ppi) and off-the-shelf lenticular sheet in our demonstrator.