Garmin unveils portable head-up display for cars

Press Release   •   Jul 09, 2013 11:32 BST

Sat-nav firm Garmin has made a portable head-up display (HUD) for cars that projects turn-by-turn directions on to a vehicle's windscreen.

The portable HUD works with a smartphone and Garmin app to generate navigation information. The app associated with the sat-nav system is available for iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phone 8 handsets.

With the market for dedicated GPS units eroding due to smartphones becoming more adept at navigational tasks, firms who specialised in such units have to diversify.

With HUD, gone is the clunky display unit you might use to hold your current navigation system in place, and in its stead will be an overlay of where you're supposed to go next right in front of your eyes.

Garmin's HUD sits on your dashboard and projects navigation information onto the windscreen (using a transparent film overlay) or using a flip-up transparent reflector lens built-into the unit. As well as turn-by-turn directions and lane guidance the HUD also offers info on your current speed, the current speed limit, speed camera locations and potential traffic issues.

"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, in a press release.

Should you need to take a phone call, HUD will continue displaying instructions for the current route uninterrupted.

Since it's connected to your smartphone and isn't relying on a default map program, HUD can also update you with traffic delays, and can advise you when to change lanes for you next maneuver.

HUDs that project information on to windscreens can cut down on driver distraction as people spend less time looking down at instruments and more with their eyes on the road.

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