In a continued effort to curb distracted driving, Garmin is offering a navigation system that uses a head-up display.
HUD is the company’s first portable heads-up display for smartphone navigation apps and provides comprehensive road guidance at a glance and within the driver’s line of sight. The unit receives navigation data through a Bluetooth-equipped smartphone running the Garmin “Streetpilot1″ or “NAVIGON” applications.
“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.
Turn arrows, distance to the next turn, the current speed speed limit and speed travelled are all shown on the windshield along with an estimated time of arrival. The unit will also inform the driver which lane to be in as well as warning for potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations. HUD will also automatically adjust its brightness level.
“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.”
HUD has a starting MSRP of $130 and will be available this summer. The StreetPilot1 and NAVIGON apps start at $30, so keep that in mind when adding up the cost of investing in the Garmin HUD.