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Garmin Introduces Aftermarket Head-Up Display

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On: Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Garmin Introduces Aftermarket Head-Up Display

Some newer cars, particularly luxury models, come with the option of a head-up display (HUD) that casts important information, such as turn-by-turn directions, on the windshield right in the driver's line of sight. While it may sound dangerous, the jet fighter-like technology is designed to deliver essential visual information while the driver keeps his eyes on the road. With a head-up display, the driver doesn't have to glance down at a separate screen, and the information doesn't completely block any part of the windshield. 

Of course, head-up displays are a relatively new technology not available on every car. So the navigation experts over at Garmin are offering an aftermarket head-up display that brings the capabilities into any vehicle.

Garmin's brand new HUD sits atop the dashboard and casts information onto a transparent film on the windshield. Information displayed by the unit includes turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. The device automatically adjusts the brightness level for time of day, helping keep directions clear and easy to read.

The unit also offers alerts, including when the driver exceeds the speed limit or there is a traffic delay or speed camera ahead. It also warns the driver when he needs to change lanes for an upcoming turn or maneuver.

The HUD gets its navigation information from compatible Garmin and Navigon apps on the driver's smartphone. It pairs wirelessly with compatible iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices via Bluetooth. The system includes spoken turn-by-turn directions, in addition to the HUD-cast visual cues, which can be played on the smartphone's speaker or on the audio system when connected via Bluetooth.

For those who aren't quite ready to blast information on their windshields, the HUD also includes an optional reflector that can be attached onto its body. The reflector serves in place of the transparent window film in displaying the information projected from the HUD.

The HUD will hit the market this summer for $129.99. Garmin StreetPilot and Navigon apps, starting at $29.99 for a regional map, provide turn-by-turn navigation for smartphones, with a suite of information and features, including onboard maps, lane guidance, speed limit warnings, and real-time traffic.


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