UPDATE: Read my hands on Garmin HUD review.
Check it out! Garmin is announcing HUD, a portable heads up display this morning. The $129.99 (MSRP) device receives navigation information from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app. The HUD projects directions onto either a transparent windshield film or an attached reflector lens; both are included in the purchase price. The transparent film appears to be relatively small and unobtrusive.
The simplified display of the Garmin HUD shows the next maneuver, distance to next turn, current speed, speed limit, lane assist, and estimated time of arrival. The companion navigation apps offer speeding alerts, live traffic and safety camera location subscription options. The display automatically adjusts brightness depending upon conditions.
Voice commands are delivered via the phone, and navigation information is continuously displayed while taking incoming calls.
In their news release, Garmin points out that heads up displays (HUDs) are currently limited to high-end cars. This new device represents the company’s attempt to bring them to the masses as an aftermarket accessory.
The HUD pairs via Bluetooth with Android, iPhone or Windows smartphones and includes a USB port on the vehicle power/adapter cable to allow you to charge your phone while driving.
Availability is slated for this summer. Garmin StreetPilot and NAVIGON apps with regional maps start at $29.99.
I’ll update this post with the product link, more specific availability info, additional images, etc., as they becomes available.
I’m curious. For those of you out there who have given up on dedicated GPS navigators and rely solely on your phone for navigation, will this get you to buy Garmin hardware again? I know I’m sure looking forward to trying it out.
UPDATE 2: The HUD has cleared the FCC, and it appears to have a hinge that will help adjust for the angles of different windshields (see image below).