A free car HUD
An innovative and brilliantly simple way of installing a head-up display in a car has been launched.
HUDWAY is a clever application for a smartphone that simply reflects the phone's screen off the inside of the windscreen - allowing drivers to see simple directions and warnings whilst maintaining their view of the road ahead.
The driver just has to put the phone on the coaming beneath the windscreen - no projector is required and no film needs to be attached to the windscreen. The company stresses that it is particularly effective in bad driving conditions - rain, fog, heavy snow, night or just gloom.
The image gives vehicle speed and distance to the next turn. Sharp turns display in red and distance-to-go markers are shown at 50-metre intervals.
The user has to enter a destination and route whilst having an internet connection, or enter a pre-loaded route; but once loaded, the internet is not required - with 'HUD Mode' selected, only a GNSS signal is needed.
The HUDWAY app is free and already available for the iPhone from the link below. An Android version should be available by February 2014.
We would appreciate any feedback from users of the app, especially in light of the fact that a vehicle HUD would normally be focused about 6 metres ahead of the driver, which this can't be.