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Garmin® Head-Up Display (HUD) Projects Directions onto the Windshield

8 July 2013 @ 6:00 AM  / Automotive Blog /


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Today, we announced our first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation apps[1]. HUD is an innovative new way of viewing navigation information in the car, projecting crisp and bright directions onto a transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. By providing comprehensive road guidance at a glance and right within the driver’s line of sight, HUD can help increase safety and reduce driver distraction. HUD receives navigation information from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app.

“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. “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 offers more navigation detail than other portable head-up displays, yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn’t avert the driver’s attention from the road. The directions are easy to follow and allow drivers to navigate even the most challenging interchanges and traffic situations with ease. HUD displays turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit as well as estimated time of arrival. It even lets drivers know what lane to be in for the next maneuver and alerts them when they exceed the speed limit. HUD also warns users of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations[2]. The crisp display automatically adjusts the brightness level, so projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.

Complementing the visual display, spoken turn-by-turn directions are provided simultaneously by the Garmin navigation app of choice, either through the smartphone speaker or a Bluetooth-connected car stereo. Music streamed to the car stereo from the smartphone will automatically fade out for turn-by-turn voice prompts. HUD also continues to display navigation information while taking incoming calls on the connected smartphone via hands-free functionality.

HUD is easy to set up. Users can choose between displaying navigation information on their windshield, with the included, transparent film, or on to the included reflector lens that attaches directly to HUD. The device pairs wirelessly with a compatible Bluetooth®-enabled iPhone, Android™ phone or Windows® Phone 8. An integrated USB port on the vehicle power/adapter cable makes it easy to charge the smartphone while driving.

HUD has an MSRP of $129.99 and will be available this summer. Garmin StreetPilot and NAVIGON apps1, starting at $29.99 for a regional map (NAVIGON U.S. CentralEast orWest), provide premium turn-by-turn navigation for smartphones, including onboard maps, lane guidance, speed limit warnings2, real-time traffic2, and many other features.


[1]Purchase required. Compatible with Garmin StreetPilot Onboard or NAVIGON navigation apps.

[2]Restrictions apply.  Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan's data and roaming rates.  See http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/Premium_Content_EN.htm for terms, conditions and limitations.

 


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