Many times we are forced to use our phones while driving. Whether it is an emergency call from our boss, our loved ones or the simple fact that we have lost our way and need to check the map, glancing at the phone takes our attention off the road. In order to solve this problem Navdy works with our smartphones to place their displays on our windshields.
Talking about their device, the company based in San Francisco explained: “Navdy projects a transparent image into the driver’s field of view which appears to float outside of the windshield.” In this way, the user is able to drive and see the useful information in front of his eyes. The device is made to sit on a magnetic mount on the dashboard. “Navdy is built from the ground up to be the safest and most intuitive way to make calls, use navigation, listen to music or access notifications without ever looking away from the road,” added Doug Simpson, the Navdy co-founder and CEO.
The Navdy device is powered by the car’s on-board diagnostics. In this way it has access to information that it can later display on the windshield. Such information includes tire-pressure or distance-to-empty. Moreover, paired with a smartphone, Navdy allows many functions to be accessed with the help of the device’s gesture- or voice-recognition. Such functions include, but are not limited to, music, texts or calls. In this way, with the image projected on the driever’s field of view, users will be able to answer a call or a message without taking their eyes from the road.
The company announced that their Navdy device was available at pre-order for the introductory price of $299. The retail price will be $499. The product will start shipping with early 2015. Would you buy it?
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