Automotive News says Mercedes-Benz will offer an optional head-up display for the 2014 S-Class and the next-generation of the C-Class due next year.
Although at first Mercedes-Benz was reluctant as far as head-up displays were concerned, such a system will find its way on the S-Class and the upcoming C-Class if we were to believe company sources cited by AN. This will be available for both cars in the fall of 2014 and will be capable of projecting speed, navigation data and several warning lights onto the windshield.
Chances are it will also have a built-in warning function in case a pedestrian is spotted by the car's night vision system. The HUD will likely be offered for lots of other models in Mercedes-Benz's lineup, including the recently facelifted E-Class. A Daimler executive mentioned "this technology won't come just on one model. For the investment to pay off, it needs to be a comprehensive roll-out."
Mercedes-Benz was hesitant about a HUD because they considered it as a potential driver distraction. However, they apparently have changed their minds after seeing rival German automakers BMW and Audi offering a similar system for quite a while now, without any words about accidents caused by HUD distraction.