Garmin outs a $130 HUD display for your windshield that pairs with phone navigation apps

Now here is an useful gadget, coming directly from the GPS experts from Garmin. They are now selling a $130 head-up display (HUD) of sorts, that talks directly with the navigation apps on your smartphone.

For now these seem to be only the Garmin-powered apps like Navigon or StreetPilot, and the HUD communicates with them via Bluetooth to project your driving directions safely and transparently right where you can see them without taking your eyes off the road. 

Garmin's Portable Head-up Display is basically a transparent sticker plastered on your windshield, with the respective projecting gizmo underneath. "HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road. 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," says Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of worldwide sales.

The film projects simplified info to avoid distraction, and the stripped-down interface shows turn arrows with required lane position, distance to the next turn, the current speed and the speed limit. The HUD display adjust its brightness all on its own so as it doesn't burn your retina at night, and will be available for purchase later this summer. 

We don't know whether it's been inspired by something like this improvised HUD in the video below that uses your own Android phone and OBD to project on the windshield, but Garmin's portable projection will surely be more visible in daylight.

A New Way to View Directions in the Car: Garmin® Introduces Its First Portable Head-up Display (HUD)

OLATHE, Kan./July 8, 2013/Business Wire - Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced HUD[1], the company's first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation apps[2]. 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 StreetPilot1 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 details than other portable head-up displays, yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn't divert 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 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[3]. 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 a compatible Garmin or Navigon app1, 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.

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. Central, East or West), provide premium turn-by-turn navigation for smartphones, including onboard maps, lane guidance, speed limit warnings2, real-time traffic2, and many other features.

HUD is the latest from Garmin's consumer automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of mobile navigation solutions for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin's user-friendly personal navigation devices and apps have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.



1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Asphalt 7 in real life

2. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Android app SpeedView has had this for years... You just have to turn GPS on and touch the speedometer and place the phone on top of your car's dashboard.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

ROFL, Too bad they want 130.00 for an app that is already in the Android store.Android Speedometer and Speedview are both what I use, and Android even speaks the mph in a voice

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thanks for the info yall 2. Will be checking both of these apps today.

8. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

while you are there, have a look also on Navier HUD Navigation (it works with Google Maps) an basically all there is on google play using "HUD" search string ;)

9. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I believe you get for $130 not only the app but also the device itself, most probably comes with legacy navigation system and legacy maps. The price is in par with the other GPS Navigation apps outhere. (Although Google Maps is reliable, the Google Navigation is not a serious navigation system, IMHO)

4. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Wow, that's cool. I guess future is you have Google map navigation in color projected on your windshield with voice turn by turn navigation.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This also works with Windowsphone 8 devices,, as stated in the press release.

6. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My dads Corvette had that, very cool will be picking this up!

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