Vehicle head-up display
Garmin has launched its first portable head-up display (HUD) for smartphone navigation apps in cars.
Although common in military aircraft, a HUD is an innovative new way of viewing navigation info in the car - projecting crisp and bright directions onto a transparent film on the windscreen or onto an attached reflector lens.
By providing guidance at a glance within the driver’s line of sight, the HUD claims to increase safety and reduce driver distraction. The HUD receives navigation information from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot1 or Navigon app.
The Garmin VP for Worldwide Sales explains 'HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road. 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.'
Garmin HUD displays turn arrows, distance to next turn, current speed and speed limit as well as ETA. It also lets drivers know what lane to be in for the next manoeuvre and alerts when they exceed the speed limit - and warns of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations.
The display automatically adjusts the brightness level so projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.
Complementing the visual display, spoken turn-by-turn directions are provided simultaneously by a compatible Garmin or Navigon app, either through the smartphone speaker or a Bluetooth-connected car stereo.
HUD is claimed to be easy to set up - users can choose between displaying nav information on the windscreen with the included transparent film, or on to the included reflector lens that attaches directly to HUD.
The device pairs wirelessly with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled iPhone or Android or Windows phone. An integrated USB port makes it possible to charge the smartphone while driving.
Details from Garmin below.