Navigation Meets Projection in Garmin's First Portable Head-Up Display (HUD)

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News Posted: Mon, Jul 8 2013 9:06 AM
We're still at least a few years away from flying cars and teleportation devices becoming commonplace, but in the meantime, Garmin's ensuring the future is always within arm's reach by announcing HUD, the company's first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation apps. With HUD, a device about the size of a typical GPS unit sits on your dashboard and projects navigation information onto a transparent film that you apply to your windshield.

HUD is able to provide comprehensive road guidance at a glance and right within the driver's line of sight, which in theory should make for safer drivers compared to looking over to the side at a traditional GPS or down at a smartphone. Speaking of which, your smartphone is what provides HUD with navigation information from a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app via a Bluetooth connection.

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"HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. "Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price."

The projection doesn't take up much space on the windshield, though it makes the most of its available space by displaying turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. It even tells drivers which lane to be in for the next turn.

HUD will be available sometime this summer for $130 MSRP. Garmin StreetPilot and NAVIGON apps start at $30.
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I prefer the combination of google maps/navigation and waze.

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sevags replied on Mon, Jul 8 2013 1:59 PM

This looks pretty cool, wish it would display map info from my phone. I absolutely love the Navigon app for iOS it is by far the best mapping system on the iOS platform.

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Very cool. I have felt for a long time that HUD displays should be standard in modern vehicles. If I can add one, I'm cool with that. At $130, seems a bit much and I wish it was something I could integrate with the Garmin GPS I already own.

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