San Francesco based startup Navdy came up with a standalone product named Navdy HUD.
Car manufacturers provide head up displays in their high end models now which displays speed, time, g-forces, there are built in consoles available in the market like Android auto or Apple carplay and now Navdy HUD joins the list.
Smartphone usage while driving can result in accidents as it takes away our focus from road. Engineers back at Navdy addressed the problems by launching this HUD to give drivers a risk free and intuitive driving experience.
It basically function as a second screen to your iOS or Android device, but it has the hardware and software capabilities to function like a high end device because of its built in Android 4.4 operating system and dual core processor, heart and brain to process the hand gestures ,voice recognition and other device specific apps.
The risk of getting into accident increases three fold by using smartphones while driving,Navdy helps to use the functions of a smartphone like navigations, music playback, calls and live notifications but without the risk.
The Navdy’s display seeks special attention. The two component display consist of a glass screen and a high quality projector. The projector projects bright transparent images into the glass screen. This will give an effect of floating image 6 feet in front of the windscreen. This allows the driver to give full focus on the road and let him multitask with the apps of his choice.
The Navdy can be controlled by either hand gestures or voice recognition.
While using navigation apps a phone call can interrupt the app and it gets pretty annoying at times, In Navdy though the navigation never stops with an incoming notification, it will display both the notification and navigation in the same screen splitted into two. They try to maintain consistency in image complexity, font size and placement, across different apps to have predictability and to give a pleasant user experience.
The flexible footer let Navdy HUD fit in any dash and the device is powered with OBD II port, which is a port common to all cars built after the mid 90’s.
Google map works in Navdy HUD, like any other GPS device, giving turn by turn directions. It also runs apps like spotify and Pandora.
It can read updates from facebook twitter Google plus and text messages and let you post updates with voice input.
It also can display the speed, mileage and other ambient parameters of the car by accessing the car’s onboard computer.
Navdy supports iOS 7 and Android 4.3+ devices and connectivity is via Bluetooth and Wifi. The installation will take 90 seconds.
Detailed Specification of Navdy HUD
Navdy comes with a 5.1 inch wide transparent head up display and a high quality projector. It uses IR camera for touchless gesture control, accelerometer, e-compass and ambient light sensors, 3.5 mm audio jack, miniUSB port, internal speakers and microphone with noise cancelling DSP.
Navdy HUD has started prebooking with an introductory price of $ 299.They announced the retail price of the product at $ 499.
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