DENSO CORPORATION (Kariya, JP)

Display control devices in vehicles which control the display of a virtual image that is superimposed onto a target in the foreground of the individual’s occupant. These devices comprise: a condition determination device that determines if the pre-determined interruption conditions have been satisfied as well as a display control device that stops the display when the condition determination unit determines that the interruption condition is met.

For instance the navigation system in a car shows an information transmitter for presenting information like route-guidelines as a virtual image in the foreground of an person’s head by means of an eye-up display. The head-up display can project the illumination that provides a virtual image in the vast area of a windshield on the vehicle. In a scenario in which the information transmitter is in contact with an obstacle such as an approaching vehicle and the information transmitter is moved to a position in which it doesn’t touch the obstruction.

A display control device for a vehicle to control a display of a virtual image to be superimposed on a superimposition target in a foreground of an occupant includes: a condition determination unit that determines whether a predeterminedinterruption condition is satisfied; and a display control unit that interrupts the display of the virtual image when the condition determination unit determines that the interruption condition is satisfied.

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