Using a smartphone or dedicated portable navigation device (PND) for navigation already seems pretty safe, but there’s always something better. Like having driving direction presented using a head-up display. The problem, however, is that this capability only comes included with expensive vehicles.
No more. Garmin unveiled a dedicated Head-up Display (HUD) unit that sings along its mobile apps to provide the same capability. The small device works in pair with Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, and will make sure you keep your eyes on the road ahead.
The official pitch goes like this:
HUD offers more navigation details than other portable head-up displays, yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn’t divert the driver’s attention from the road. The directions are easy to follow and allow drivers to navigate even the most challenging interchanges and traffic situations with ease. HUD displays turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, as well as estimated time of arrival. It even lets drivers know what lane to be in for the next maneuver and alerts them when they exceed the speed limit. HUD also warns users of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations. The crisp display automatically adjusts the brightness level so projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.
Available later this summer for $129.99, Garmin’s HUD can either display navigation information onto the windshield with included transparent film, or on to the (also) included reflector lens that attaches directly to HUD. Pretty sweet, I would say. What do you think?