Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD) Review and Giveaway

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Garmin Head-Up Display Review and Giveaway

Do you want a car K.I.T.T. from Knightrider? you can#8217;t have one, but the Head-Up Display (HUD) windshield projector might you one step closer to the car of the future. a floating navigational display on your windscreen.

We#8217;re this Garmin HUD unit so read through our review, join the competition!

What#8217;s a

Head Up Display is a system to information without obscuring view. Google Glass has a the Oculus Rift does Your typical satellite system is not a HUD #8211; it#8217;s a screen that obscures behind it.

The Garmin HUD is the first level system to augment smartphone navigation apps StreetPilot and NAVIGON are supported). It iPhones, Android and Windows 8.

High-end cars have begun integrating their own of HUD, but my 2006 Renault isn#8217;t exactly a luxury A more expensive but also competitor is the Pioneer NavGate. for £600/$1000 #8211; consisting of a widescreen transparent monitor that attaches to your sun Kenwood also offers a complete system for around #8211; though for the Japanese only.

In The Box

Upon unboxing the HUD, you#8217;ll find:


12 volt power adapter

reflector attachment

Reflector film

No less 12 separate owners manuals for languages

The HUD unit itself is heavy for it#8217;s diminutive #8211; 277 grams. It#8217;s not if this is on purpose to provide or it has an incredibly bright projection #8211; but it is heavy.

Two fixing are provided #8211; a more pair of screw holes you be happy screwing into dash, or a semi-permanent adhesive rubber that isn#8217;t I used some separate squares instead, so either will be left open to the of this giveaway.

Hinged at the the device can be angled up to around 60 forward, allowing for a variety of shapes and screen slopes; as as swivelled to the left or right. On the right hand side is the button; on the low left, the power

It should be noted that in states, it#8217;s illegal to anything to the windscreen that obscure the drivers view however translucent it may be. For this Garmin provides a fixed piece that attaches to the at a 45 degree angle. The screen awkwardly small like so I#8217;m hoping I can get something bigger, or higher, using the film (that#8217;s a demo in the photos below, not the actual brightness).

Cables, cables

you#8217;ve taken the time to wire the device into dashboard, it#8217;s going to be by your vehicle#8217;s 12 volt outlet. The HUD power adapter comes with a convenient USB to power your smartphone. If you the power adapter away in the you#8217;ll have two sets of going up to your dashboard.

Even if you had enough power, you hide your smartphone in the glove compartment anyway you#8217;ll need it for audio and the actual GPS signal. The HUD is purely a device; there#8217;s no audio and it cannot function without a


In order for the HUD unit to directions, you#8217;ll need to either the Garmin StreetPilot or for your smartphone. Other the initial Bluetooth pairing, zero configuration involved it#8217;s like plugging in a Subsequent connections took a while, but the application eventually each time without pairing attempts.


Even the latest generation of doesn#8217;t perform that in bright sunlight, so I#8217;ll I wasn#8217;t expecting much this minuscule unit. not exactly a projector, of course. speaking, it#8217;s a #8220;vacuum display#8221;, but it looks superficially an old liquid-crystal display (LCD).

powering on the unit, you can see immediately how it is. At the right angle and using the film, there are zero problems.

In all weather conditions, I had no viewing the display output. Some have noted the beauty of directions #8220;floating in mid-air#8221; all I see is a device sitting on my dashboard is clearly being reflected on the It feels like a hack not the way the product was intended for use.

What#8217;s Displayed?

You don#8217;t get the map as your smartphone provides; the HUD a limited subset of information, and you configure it in any way #8211; the projection on the screen are fixed in place.

it does display is:


Lane assistance

Current and limit


Speed camera and alert icons, if software it

The first four are bright while the warning icons are in red.

Living with the HUD

The HUD is only compatible with native StreetPilot and NAVIGON Both are rather pricey and not with the HUD #8211; starting at $50 a huge range of in-app available for additional features. And don#8217;t even come traffic updates out of the box, or 3D (each is another $30-$40).

with the Garmin HUD made me how truly under-appreciated Google is, even disregarding the price.

interface is slow and unwieldy; are two separate icons for search: one (which is more or less and one that interfaces with I attempted to navigate without directly at the smartphone application, I the directions on the HUD were too slow to which is difficult to follow the UK road system is so tightly with roundabouts every minutes. Perhaps this be an issue for an American city of planned block sizes.

On local journeys, the chosen were quite odd #8211; and in cases, the app would refuse to me. Instead, it would offer instructions to go backwards until I the designated route. Again, if I had the map in front of me, updating as I drove, would not have been not a #8211; but when all it shows is an pointing backwards, it#8217;s than helpful.

Of course, you sit there with both the and the HUD visible #8211; but that of defeats the purpose of using the HUD in the place.

The only redeeming is the lane instructions. I often myself missing junctions for reason, so being told in advance which lane to is rather reassuring #8212; and it offered by Google Maps. On unfamiliar journeys, this certainly be of benefit.

The applicattion takes up a sizeable 735 megabytes (UK which I assume means it offline; I#8217;ve never without reception, but this be a big selling point for you. Maps offers an offline now (at least it does on Android).

When you take the additional costs into account, I can few words of praise for StreetPilot. NAVIGON is better #8211; the App Store reviews would otherwise.

Should You Buy It?

If the Garmin HUD with existing native or Google Maps, this might fare better. As it this is a quirky way to navigate, let down by horrendous software.

Is it using this than a mobile navigation application or a dedicated GPS unit? There are fewer distractions: no music to quickly switch over to, no notifications. All you get are directions on where to go though given how useless directions were at times, I did find myself looking at my anyway to make sure the hadn#8217;t suddenly been

The Garmin HUD tries so hard to be It#8217;s highly visible even in bright sunlight but I was expecting something a little cyberpunk-esque, a vision of the future. I got was a pretty bad navigation application uses a unique display to solve a problem that really existed.

The limitations of the HUD this firmly into a #8211; your smartphone is better at the job of navigating. This an alternative if you find 3D maps too but I#8217;d say you have bigger in that case.

MakeUseOf recommends: Give one a miss #8211; being to overpriced and under-featured navigation make this a real

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