Today Garmin have announced its first portable ‘HUD’ (head-up display). Garmin are the leaders in vehicle navigation systems and the new HUD is a new innovative way of viewing navigation information in the car.
Using a smartphone navigation app the HUD projects clear and bright directions onto a transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. HUD receives information from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot1 or NAVIGON app.
With the information in the drivers field of vision the HUD can help increase safety and reduce driver distraction.
“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.” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.
The information given will be simple but clear and easy to follow. There will also be an app to provide verbal directions to coordinate with the visual directions.
There will be a choice between displaying navigation information on the windshield, with the included, transparent film, or on to the included reflector lens that attaches directly to HUD. The HUD will be compatible with iPhone, Android phone or Windows Phone 8.
It can be charged through an integrated USB port on the vehicle power/adapter cable which will make charging on the move easier.
The release date has been rumoured to be later this year.