Garmin Introduces Bluetooth Head-Up Display For In-Car Smartphone Navigation Apps

Posted: Jul 8 2013, 8:25am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Garmin Introduces Bluetooth Head-Up Display for In-Car Smartphone Navigation Apps

Garmin gives a new look to in-car navigation apps. Garmin has just released a heads-up display (HUD) for navigation apps running through Bluetooth-enabled smartphones at $129.99. It will be available in this summer. A transparent film will run on the windshield of the car that will provide all driving guidance, reducing risk and increases safety.

Garmin introduced portable heads-up display for Bluetooth enabled smartphone navigation apps. This all new Garmin's HUD has now changed the scenario of driving with help of GPS. Now a driver needs not to take his eyes off the road for any kind of GPS driving guide lines. The newly introduced head-up display by the company tracks all navigation information through a Garmin StreetPilot1 or NAVIGON app running on a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. This reduces driving risks as driver distractions decreased which increases safety. Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. which is the global leader in satellite navigation.

Garmin Vice President of worldwide sales, Dan Bartel said, “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.”

HUD shows a transparent film on car's windscreen or an attached reflector lens that shows driving guide lines. Navigation details shown by HUD are much more than any other portable HUD. These directions are very clear and easy to follow both in days under direct sunlight or at night. HUD display information including

  • Car's current speed and its limits;
  • Speed limit alerts;
  • Upcoming Turn arrows;
  • How much far is next turn?
  • Upcoming locations of safety cameras;
  • What next lane is coming on the way?
  • Arrival time estimation based on speed and distance;
  • Traffic delay warnings;

Alongside the visual display film, audio announcements of turn-by-turn directions will be made via the speaker of the smartphone or car's stereo having Bluetooth connection. If music is ON, it will be fading out when direction is announced. It will also shows direction info while the driver is taking an incoming call. What else can a driver wish to have in just MSRP of $129.99? It will be available in this summer.

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