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Are you lost? Finding you’re way around is as easy as looking in your rear-view mirror, thanks to the MirrorNavi.
Brought to you by the smart folks at Ford, this new Garmin sat-nav is integrated directly into your car’s rear-view mirror. This gadget, built by Garmin and Wollnikom, replaces your existing rear-view mirror, and consists of an ordinary mirror and a 320×240-pixel, 89mm (3.5-inch) touchscreen display located on the far left side of the mirror. It’s available in the UK at the moment and no word when it will be jumping the pond.
The mirror gives you the ability to see what’s behind you and dims automatically at night to reduce glare. The GPS unit itself is based on Garmin’s nuvi 265T, so it’s packed with features while still remaining small.
Cool features to get you around include voice prompts for turns, voice-recognition navigation, lane assistance, trafficTrends (which calculates routes based on predicted traffic levels), and FM traffic to keep you up to date on accidents and construction.
It also comes with built-in solid-state memory (which can be upgraded via a microSD card) and a built-in Bluetooth adaptor.
You can install the MirrorNavi in any Ford car, with the exception of the Ranger and 2009 Ka for £300 (that’s about $600) plus installation charges at your local Ford garage.
If you don’t have the room on your dash for a GPS system (as that’s prime dash bobble-head area) or you’re afraid of it getting stolen, then having the unit built right into your vehicle’s visor is the solution you’ve been looking for.
This is a brilliant idea especially for those who like everything in their car streamlined – and don’t like anything popping up on the dash to distract them. Sure, it may feel as if it’s blocking your line of sight, but that depends on the size of your car’s windshield and visor. But keep in mind that this gadget kills two birds with one handy stone – it keeps the sun out of your eyes and it shows you how to get to where you’re going.
Okay, so it’s not on the market just yet, but a concept is a good start. One crafty driver decided to take matters into his own hands by making this unique GPS system his own. The GPS is embedded within the car’s visor with aluminum and seamless mounting. This setup makes it seem like the handy pull-down GPS visor came standard from the manufacturer. And once you get to your destination, just flip the GPS visor up to keep it out of sight – and out of the hands of sticky-fingered thieves!
[Source: Coolest Gadgets]