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Garmin Release New Head-Up Display: An Innovative Sat Nav Solution

Wed 17 Jul, 2013 // Firstnumber Team
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Although a growing number of cars nowadays are equipped with inbuilt head-up display units, Garmin, a global leader in satellite navigation, has went one step further to produce an innovative sat nav solution to suit just about any vehicle.

What sets this solution apart from the rest is that the portable head-up display wirelessly connects to a smartphone running a navigation app and beams the directions and other useful information onto a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens on the inside of the windshield. The brightness level of the device adjusts automatically so that the projections remain clearly visible, even in direct sunlight or at night.

The device also provides a range of other useful information that you would expect from any sat nav device, e.g. your current speed, the speed limit, your estimated time of arrival, alerts as to potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations, and all of this is supplemented by the usual voice directions sounding from the smartphone. This masterful road guidance within the driver's line of sight can help to 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,” 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.”

This device can be set up in seconds and is compatible with any Bluetooth®-enabled iPhone, Android™ phone or Windows® Phone 8. We think it sounds like a great idea and look forward to seeing one in action! What do you think?

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