Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Gadgets & Tech
  3. Tech Gear

Garmin Reroutes Smartphone Nav Display to Windshield

See also

What a way to get your head in the game, Garmin. Remember when a judge back in April ruled that using smartphone maps while driving was illegal? Well Garmin came out with an alternative that would allow smartphone map app users to use their devices safely.

A new portable head-up display, or HUD, is designed to reduce distractions by providing your directions from smartphone navigation apps to be seen within a driver's line of sight. The HUD sounds like it a great idea with its projection of directions onto a transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. Your data can be then be transmitted via Bluetooth to the device from a smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot1 or NAVIGON app. The HUD would essentially get rid of those GPS devices that mount on the window or the ones built into the dash and would help keep eyes on the road, some users of previous devices with HUD capabilities haven’t been too impressed.

"We've had heads-up display capability for some time and as an option, interest has been little better than lukewarm," said analyst Rob Enderle. "It tends to wash out during the day, can be distracting at night, and is very difficult to do well."

The question is, if maybe looking at an illegal sharper image of your map directions would take your eyes of the road, wouldn’t it be better to quickly glance straight ahead at some directions while and keep your eyes on the road? Now that talk of making instances where you are looking at your phone and becoming distracted illegal, doesn’t it make sense to reintroduce the head-up display? It’s definitely a great time to find out.

Look out for the new HUD that will be available later this summer at $129.99 for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8.



Don't Miss

  • Division
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Games Exclusive
  • Coffee
    A new app allows users to buy unlimited coffee for $45 a month
    Tech Buzz
  • Dragon
    'Dragon Age: Inquisition' launches this October on PS4 and Xbox One, trailer inside
    Games News
  • Computers
    AT&T looks to bring high-speed internet networks to 100 cities
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Games Feature
  • I Am Alive App
    An app out of Lebanon allows users to alert their loved ones they are alive after a bombing

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!