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.



1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Asphalt 7 in real life

2. buccob

Posts: 2956; 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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