Stand alone GPS devices for cars have become less and less popular for consumers as they have taken to using navigation apps on smartphones to get around. Now the well known GPS hardware company Garmin is trying to combine smartphone apps with a new hardware product that creates something right out of a sci-fi movie.
Garmin's press release reveals what they simply call HUD, which when mounted on the dashboard of a car generates a heads-up display on its windshield. The information can also be displayed on a attached reflector lens that is included with the HUD. Garmin states:
HUD displays turn arrows, 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 limit2. HUD also warns users of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations.
The HUD connects via Bluetooth with a smartphone, which provides the actual navigation directions and information. The device is compatible with iOS, Android and, yes, Windows Phone 8 smartphones via Garmin's StreetPilot and NAVIGON apps. The Garmin HUD product will be released later this summer for $129.99.
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