Smartphone GPS has been an example of combining different technologies in an incredibly useful way. How often have you been caught out and about needing to know where the closest restaurant, gas station, or store is, and found yourself reaching for your phone. Of course, staring at a small screen sitting in your lap while you’re driving is probably not the safest thing you could do, and with more and more states outlawing texting while driving, it could get you in a lot of trouble, too. Enter the Garmin Head-Up Display.
The Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD) links wirelessly over a bluetooth connection with your smartphone. You simply place the Garmin Head-Up Display on your dashboard and it projects navigation information transmitted from your phone onto your windshield. It provides estimated time of arrival, Lane Assist, speed, traffic and safety camera alerts. No more looking down to see how far to that next turn, how fast you’re going, how long until you’re at your destination, etc. And, it’s so high tech and cool, you will feel like you’re flying a fighter jet.
Unfortunately, the Garmin Head-Up Display only links with the Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone or NAVIGON mobile apps, so if you prefer Google Maps, Waze, or some other navigation app, you may have to learn to adapt. The main reason is that not all navigation apps offer the ability to communicate with outside devices via bluetooth, and in order to display all that travel information, the Garmin Head-Up Display must receive it in a format that it understands. But if safety and tech-forward gadgets that will impress your passengers are your goals, then you won’t go wrong with this little gadget. Available on the Garmin website for $129.99.