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2014-07-24 14:35

SEE WHERE YOU'RE GOING: Garmin SA now has access to the latest portable head-up satnav that will project its data on to the windscreen of any vehicle. Image: Garmin

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Garmin Southern Africa has brought head-up display technology to the masses with the company’s first portable such display and the latest in automotive technology.

The unit will retail for R2000.

When paired with a user’s Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, HUD will project "crisp and bright navigational information and directions on the windshield or an attached reflector lens".

HUD works with the Garmin Navigon Southern Africa Navigation app (Android and iPhone). HUD automatically adjusts the brightness so the projection is clearly visible in sunlight or at night.


The HUD combines functionality with simplicity and was designed by Garmin to keep a driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. It displays turn arrows, which lane to be in, distance to the next turn, speed limit, current speed and warns users of upcoming traffic camera locations, as well as estimated time of arrival.

HUD is said to be easy to set up. Users can choose between displaying satnav information on their windscreen with the included transparent film or on to the included reflector lens that attaches directly to the unit. The device pairs wirelessly with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, Android phone or Windows Phone 8.


Mathys Thompson, a manager with Garmin Southern Africa, explained: “Garmin’s HUD interface has been developed using an in-house driving simulator that uses cameras to track the driver’s eye movements. The interface is based on the time and cognitive load required to perform a task with the goal of minimising driver distraction.

"Simply pair your phone with HUD, set your destination in the app, and HUD will project turn-by-turn directions and other navigation information on to the windscreen." 
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