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I've owned my CX-3 for a few months now and have noticed that when you go into settings and turn "off" the active driving display, it no longer projects the image onto the plexiglass. However, the plexiglass still remains vertical and does not retract into its "down" position; this proves to be quite distracting to me when I am driving. Does anyone know of a software update or fix for this? Cheers!
 

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No. Needs to go in the feedback thread.
 

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I believe you can manually push it down, but that is advised against as you could end up breaking it. It is weird to me too that if you disable ADD it doesn't keep the plastic thing down.
 

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I believe you can manually push it down, but that is advised against as you could end up breaking it. It is weird to me too that if you disable ADD it doesn't keep the plastic thing down.
Different people programming different components ... used to happen at Aichi (the Prius plant) all the time ... heh, heh.

More likely, they probably never figured anybody would ever actually not want to use it.

I especially like it on the adaptive cruise control ... besides, it's cute ... you'll learn to love it :)
 

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The only time I didn't want it was in thick fog because it interfered with me seeing very close to the front of the car.
 

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I love the display. Perhaps because I am tall I don't look "through" it. The numbers and graphic fall in gap between the hood and the wipers rain tray. It does not obstruct the view in front of me. Perhaps you can adjust the angle so it's not as in your way.

It is one of my favorite features!
 

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Different people programming different components ... used to happen at Aichi (the Prius plant) all the time ... heh, heh.

More likely, they probably never figured anybody would ever actually not want to use it.

I especially like it on the adaptive cruise control ... besides, it's cute ... you'll learn to love it :)
I thought so too...but then again they DID program it with the ability to be turned off. I emailed mazda about it and was basically told that they would look at it. I do LOVE the display and use it all the time...however it would be nice for it to be retracted. Sometimes giving the driver fewer distractions would be nice though for long drives. You can always see your speed from the tachometer's digital display :)
 

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What happens when you turn off the display? I assume that the plastic displays no lighted information - no numbers etc. It's just a piece of plastic at that point. It sounds like this does not automatically retract the display, but there is also a height adjustment. Suppose you move the dial to the lowest position of the height adjustment. Won't that retract it? What happens if you manually push it down?

Other Mazda models seem to be able to retract the display automatically.

It also appears that the display comes on everytime you start the car so you have to turn it off manually each time. That could be really annoying. There are some DIY fixes posted for other models. That seems kind of extreme. http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2014-2016-mazda-3-skyactiv-how-guides/122570-diy-disable-heads-up-display-add-fully.html
 

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Remembering Setting for HUD When Starting Car

I've owned my CX-3 for a few months now and have noticed that when you go into settings and turn "off" the active driving display, it no longer projects the image onto the plexiglass. However, the plexiglass still remains vertical and does not retract into its "down" position; this proves to be quite distracting to me when I am driving. Does anyone know of a software update or fix for this? Cheers!
Do you have to turn it off everytime you start the car or does it remember the setting?
 

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ADD (apt name) Will cause ADD :)

Do you have to turn it off everytime you start the car or does it remember the setting?
From the manual:

ACTIVE DRIVING DISPLAY (if equipped)
CAUTION: Always adjust the display using the Settings screen (AD-Disp tab). Do not try to adjust the angle
or open/close the display by hand. Fingerprints on the display will
make it dif cult to view and manual operation could cause damage.
The Active Driving Display displays the following information:
0 MPH
• Vehicle Speed Setting using cruise control
• Navigation Turn-by-Turn (TBT) direction, distance and lane guidance
• Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) operation conditions and warnings
• Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) warnings
• Vehicle Speed Setting using cruise control
50 mph
(if equipped)
To change the settings/adjustments for the Active Driving Display:
1 Select the Settings icon on the Home screen.
2 Select the AD-Disp tab.
3 Select the desired item to change.
• Height: Adjust the position of the virtual image of the Active Driving Display up or down.
• Brightness Control: Method for adjusting screen brightness (Automatically with instrument cluster illumination or manually).
NOTE:
• Calibration: Brightness initialization setting (when selecting automatic adjustment).
• Brightness: Brightness adjustment (when selecting manual adjustment).
• Navigation: On/Off.
• Active Driving Display:
On/Off.
• Reset: Reset to
default settings.
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• If the display does not operate, switch the ignition off and then switch it back on. If it still does not operate even with the ignition switched ON, have the vehicle inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
• It may be dif cult to view the display when wearing sunglasses. Take off your sunglasses or adjust the luminosity.
• If the battery has been removed and re-installed or the battery voltage is low, the adjusted position may deviate.
• The display may be dif cult to view or temporarily affected by weather conditions such as rain, snow, light, and temperature.
 

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The height adjustment moves the entire projected display slightly up or down the collector (I guess to accommodate the driver's height and preference). Turning off the display does just that (shuts the projected image off), but the collector stays up and blank. Also, I was told by the dealer that if you turn the display off, it will automatically turn back on once the car is restarted. I have not tried that, but I'll assume that is the case. I think the manual advises not to manually force the collector in either direction, otherwise it could be damaged. I remember during one of my test drives last summer, the salesperson tried himself to retract the display on the 2016 I testdrove, but only seemed to bend the plastic until I heard a crack or snap sound, then he stopped. He added that he thought the plastic (collector) could be removed from it's base, but who knows if he was just talking out his you-know-what. Since I had to have my AD replaced a month after I bought the car, doing so requires the entire upper dash to be disassembled, so I would not touch it.

It would be nice though if Mazda made a software change to add an option to retract the AD.
 

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Turning off display

The height adjustment moves the entire projected display slightly up or down the collector (I guess to accommodate the driver's height and preference). Turning off the display does just that (shuts the projected image off), but the collector stays up and blank. Also, I was told by the dealer that if you turn the display off, it will automatically turn back on once the car is restarted. I have not tried that, but I'll assume that is the case. I think the manual advises not to manually force the collector in either direction, otherwise it could be damaged. I remember during one of my test drives last summer, the salesperson tried himself to retract the display on the 2016 I testdrove, but only seemed to bend the plastic until I heard a crack or snap sound, then he stopped. He added that he thought the plastic (collector) could be removed from it's base, but who knows if he was just talking out his you-know-what. Since I had to have my AD replaced a month after I bought the car, doing so requires the entire upper dash to be disassembled, so I would not touch it.

It would be nice though if Mazda made a software change to add an option to retract the AD.
Thanks for the quick reply. Why did you have to have the AD replaced? I assume you have a 2017 CX-3? And you have decided to live w/the display as is. Another thing that bothers me is that the manual says that the display may not be easily read w/sunglasses on. That seeems crazy to me. I wear prescription sunglasses w/polarized lenses all the time when driving. Do you find the AD (HUD) distracting, helpful?
 

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IMPORTANT - Successful Workaround

I test drove a 2017 Mazda 3 today. The dealer and I were able to configure the display using a workaround to remove any text from the display. We did this with the height adjustment setting - moving the indicator all way to the left effectively turns off the text in the display. I found that lighted floating text to be obnoxious and unacceptable to look at. Others may be fine w/it. I am more sensitive to things like this. The height setting is apparently save to a ROM chip because the next time the car is turned on, you don't see any text. Note this does not solve the issue of retracting the display, but for me the truly objectionable part is the weird floating text that looks like watching a 3D image at a movie theatre. I assume this workaround will work with all 2017 models as well as 2016s that have the HUD. Try it.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply. Why did you have to have the AD replaced? I assume you have a 2017 CX-3? And you have decided to live w/the display as is. Another thing that bothers me is that the manual says that the display may not be easily read w/sunglasses on. That seeems crazy to me. I wear prescription sunglasses w/polarized lenses all the time when driving. Do you find the AD (HUD) distracting, helpful?
Hello. Yes, I have a 2017 CX-3. I had to have the AD replaced after one month due to some sort of clear adhesive coating or film being left on the back of the collector display (at delivery) and attracting all sort of dust and dirt making it unviewable (and quite hideous) after a couple of weeks. When the dealer attempted to clean the adhesive film off the back of the AD, it actually became worse, thus the decision to replace it. Since it has been replaced it has been perfect. As far as sunglasses, I have two pair, both polarized, and one with a mirror coating. I can read the AD okay with either, though the mirrored ones with a bit more difficulty. I am used to the AD after 4 months of ownership, and find it unobtrusive, but that is just me. On the other hand, I drove a 2016 CX-9 GT and the HUD on that one . . . . well let me tell ya . . . . it is a full color image broadcast right onto the windshield with more info projected than what is put onto the small collector in our CX-3s. Besides the MPH, LDWS, SCBS/distance recognition, and navigation TBT, you also get a graphical tach, turn signal indicators, and I think gear selection, and more. I had that one overnight and drove it about 120 miles. Still could not get used to that at all. Maybe if I owned one, but it would take alot of time.
 
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