If you’re anything like me, you use your iPhone in the car a lot. I use my phone to listen to music and for navigation in my car almost on a daily basis (mainly because I’m pretty terrible with directions and navigation without GPS). For navigation users like me, Garmin has the perfect device that will allow you to check out where you’re going without ever having to take your eyes off of the road. Today, Garmin announced its latest product, a portable heads-up display that will work with StreetPilot and Navigon apps on iPhones.
The new product will sit on a user’s dashboard and project the map, current speed, speed limit, and more, directly onto the car’s windshield. The device must be plugged in to operate, and will also require a transparent film be placed on the windshield to help with reflecting the display. The display also has the ability to automatically adjust the brightness to dim at night, and make it more visible during the day.
Dan Bartel, senior vice president of worldwide sales for the Olathe, Kansas based GPS company said, “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.” The display will be available later this summer for just $129.99.
As someone who depends on my iPhone for GPS, this device seems perfect for me. I no longer have to have a dock suction-cupped to my windshield for navigation. The ability to get directions without having to look away from my windshield would most likely be well worth the money for me, since I depend on navigation so much. What do you think about this new product from Garmin? Do you like the idea of the heads-up display for iPhone? Could this technology be used for more than just navigation in the future? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.