Garmin HUD Turns Your iPhone into a GPS Heads Up Display

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Garmin has a new spin on using your iPhone as an in-car GPS system with its HUD. Like the name implies, the HUD is a heads up display that projects navigation information onto your car's windshield. It gets the data from Garmin's StreetPilot or NAVIGON iPhone apps via Bluetooth and automatically adjusts its brightness so your directions are readable in sunlight or at night. Since HUD gets data in real time from your iPhone, it displays current traffic conditions, speed warnings, maps, and more. It includes its own power cable and a USB port so you can keep your iPhone charged up, and works as a hands-free phone system, too. This is especially cool in places like California where dashboard smartphone mounts are forbidden. HUD is priced at US$129.99 and will be available some time this summer.

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2 Comments

vasic

If only it were possible to invert the image on the iPhone, one could easily use the bare iPhone as a poor man’s HUD.

There is a reason why dashboards on every single car out there are black: any other colour could produce very clear and bright reflection in the windshield. Place an iPhone on that dashboard and, if it is in the right spot, you will clearly see everything on its screen almost in any situation (with the possible exception of extremely bright sunlight).

We just need someone to write software (or perhaps Apple to bring this with the next Maps update) to invert the image on the phone. Any cheap device that will allow mounting the iPhone horizontally below the windshield will do the trick.

iVoid

“This is especially cool in places like California where dashboard smartphone mounts are forbidden.”

Actually, it’s WINDSHIELD mounts that seem to be forbidden in California.

Dashboard mounts are okay as far as I can see and hand holding the phone for any reason (texting, maps, etc) is forbidden.

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