Garmin to launch Bluetooth Heads-up Display car navigation for Windows Phone 8
- On July 8, 2013
Garmin announced today its first portable head-up display (HUD) for smartphone navigational apps. It connects to your Windows Phone handset via Bluetooth and projects navigation information directly on your windshield. The goal of this new product is to make the in-car navigation easier, increase safety, and reduce driver distraction. HUD projects comprehensive navigational information within the driver’s line of sight which helps drivers keep constantly their eyes on the road.
In order to use HUD the users need a handset which is Bluetooth-enabled running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON applications. Through these apps HUD indicates turn arrows, distance to the next turn, estimated time of arrival, current speed and speed limit. It shows alerts when the speed limit is exceeded, as well as alerts for potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations. The display adjusts automatically its brightness so that the driver sees clearly the projections in any time conditions.
The visual display is complemented by spoken turn-by-turn directions provided by the smartphone speaker or a Bluetooth-connected car stereo. When music is streamed via the smartphone it is faded out during the spoken reminders. The HUD’s car power cable will have a USB port if you want to charge your Windows Phone in the car. The price of HUD is $129.99.