Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD) Dashboard Mounted Windshield Projector (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Works wirelessly with compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphones (paid app required)
- Advanced navigation through projection
- Projects navigation information onto your windshield
- Provides estimated time of arrival and Lane Assist
- Offers speed, traffic and safety camera alerts
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Advanced Navigation Through Projection
- Projects navigation information onto your windshield
- Provides estimated time of arrival and Lane Assist
- Offers speed, traffic and safety camera alerts¹
- Works wirelessly with compatible Bluetooth®-enabled smartphones (paid app required)
- For use with Garmin StreetPilot® for iPhone® or NAVIGON mobile apps (purchase may be required)
- Check out the NAVIGON mobile app for Android.
Keep Your Eyes Ahead
Get turn-by-turn directions to your destination for easy viewing while driving. Our Head-Up Display (HUD) receives navigation information from your smartphone² and projects it onto a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens. HUD automatically adjusts its brightness level, so its projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.
It has more navigation detail than other portable display systems, showing turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. HUD lets you know what lane to be in for your next maneuver, and alerts you if you exceed the speed limit. It also warns you of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations.
HUD is easy to use. Just apply the transparent film on your windshield (or attach the included reflector lens). Then place HUD onto your vehicle’s dashboard and pair it wirelessly with your compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Using Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone, or NAVIGON for iPhone/Android/Windows Phone 8 (purchase may be required), choose your destination and HUD will project turn-by-turn directions to get you there. An integrated USB port on the vehicle power/adapter cable makes it easy to charge your phone while you’re on the go.
What's in the Box:
- Vehicle power/adapter cable
- Reflector lens
- Windshield film
¹Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required.
²Requires the use of a compatible Garmin or Navigon-branded smartphone application.
Top Customer Reviews
I read a lot of reviews before buying this and i was disappointed in how many reviewers don't know what they are saying.
I will deal with complaints I have heard first which did not help deciding weather to buy this or not.
-There is not enough information displayed: Well it's designed to not be distracting so the info displayed is minimal.
-It has no battery: Why would it have a battery. It's designed to stay in your car during hot summers and cold winters, do you know how long the battery would last in the dash of your car in the summer heat in the sun?
-The cord plug is on the wrong side: No. It's where it should be unless you want the cord hanging in the middle of your center dash. If you mount it close to the middle of the car, then the cord will hand down between the steering wheel and the center console. If you put this in front of the driver, then the cord can come down on the left side of the steering wheel and under it so it's not in the way.
-You have to pair it to the phone every time: NO. your phone remembers and when you turn the car on, it takes like 10 seconds to pair by itself, you don't have to do anything.
-One prominent website review said it took time to show you directions, they were dismayed that the car was parked facing west and the display showed east. Well the way navigation devices work is that they compare your current position to your last position, so if you don't move, it can't possibly know which direction you are facing.
-It's misleading: No it's not, it clearly says it a display only, you need to buy navigation software for your phone.
-Display not configurable: Well it has to survive harsh conditions sitting in your car all year, and you are probably not willing to pay more than the advertised price for just a display, for more money you might as well get a nice video display integrated HU with app compatibility with your phone. I didn't want to spend $500 (including installation) doing that.
OK now my reasons for not liking it are here:
-The garmin app on the iPhone is slow, and so the display is slow. So after making a turn, I don't know which lane to be in because it takes the app a while to provide the next set of instructions. And when it's telling me to turn, it's just behind enough to be annoying (when it's counting down when to turn in feet). If there are 2 roads next to each other I have to look at the map on my phone to know which one I'm supposed to take since the HUD timing is so off.
-Adhesive plastic sheet didn't work for me because I can't move the HUD too close to the windshield (because vents in my car) so it would project it very high on the windshield. having bright lights in the middle of the windshield is distracting. I got outside the car and looked in from the rear window, it seems all the drivers behind you will be able to see the arrow and instructions. I can easily see getting pulled over for this.
I tried using it without the film but when I put on sunglasses the reflection off the glass windshield wasn't strong enough.
Ended up using the included plastic reflector. It worked well.
-I didn't want to permanently mount it in my car because we use it in my wife's car too. So I bought sticky velcro and we can move them between cars easily. The HUD comes with film under it that peels off too easily, so we stuck it to the velcro instead.
-It could have easily supported audio but it doesn't.
Things I like:
-This thing is rugged and build well, I expect it to last a long time.
-It's not cluttered.
Would I buy it again if it got lost? No.
I eneded up mounting my phone on the cd player so that if I need more info I can look there (like if there are series of quick turns). So I have to take my eyes off the road anyway so what is the point of this product...
EDIT Nov 2013, changed rating to 1 star.
I stopped using it because the garmin app on the iphone is so slow. It often tells me to turn after I passed the road I'm supposed to turn on. I don't know if the navigon app is faster.
I think I might get a standalone GPS unit and call this a lost cause. If you interact with a standalone GPS unit you won't get a ticket but if you interact with a phone, even for just using navigation, you could get a ticket.
EDIT March 2014:
I got a Garmin Nuvi 3597lmthd instead of using my phone. Much better.
EDIT July 2014:
I am done with Garmin for the rest of my life. Will never buy anything from them.
Their dedicated navigation units also are too late giving you instructions (and after a turn they don't update fast enough). I was tired of screaming at my GPS "what are you waiting for?" as it waited for no reason to acknowledge that I made a turn and tell me what lane to be in next). It won't show you the next instructions alongside the current ones (a lot of others do this (Apple maps does this, Tomtom does this, pioneer does this)). This is not configurable: I wish it would set it so it gives me instructions just a few seconds sooner. All the complaints I have about the Garmin app above apply to the nav units too.
I had enough and got a Pioneer in dash navigation system (that should work with CarPlay in the future, but the built-in nav is way better than any Garmin).
To use this with Android, you will have to purchase Navigon navigation software, which is not nearly as powerful as Google Maps, and costs $29.95 USD.
Additionally, the Navigon software does not automatically recognize the Garmin HUD. Instead, you must open the Navigon settings each time you would like to use the Garmin HUD. It's necessary to reconnect the device for every single use. If you do not choose to connect the device, a very bright pairing symbol appears for quite some time, that is eventually replaced by four bright dashes. This is annoying even during the day, but especially at night because the automatic brightness does not dim either the pairing symbol or the dashes. The only solution seems to be to unplug the unit completely.
If this worked better with Android and did not require the purchase of additional software, I'd give it 5 stars because it really is a pleasure to use. Unfortunately, the inconvenience of reconnecting it every single time far outweighs its usefulness in the first place.
The real value is programming this ahead of time. Because my smartphone is with me when I know the destination, I just program it and when I get in the car, bluetooth connect and go in 5-10 seconds.
When I use it for directions, I turn off the sound on the garmin app and just watch the heads up display. Once you understand how it works, the display is super- simple. Great directions, gets me there in time and simple to operate.
The app and display have a load of functionality, but I just want to get to my destination and I know how this works. I am not a Nervous Nelly- every update and other data while useful will not get me there any faster and what I need to know how is how to get from point A to point B as simply and as uncomplicated as possible.
I ended up using the plastic snap-on reflector because I couldn't get the images to project low enough on my windshield and use the film. I blame that on the curve and slope of the dashboard in my Mazda though. I'm using the Navigon app with an iPhone and everything connected without any problems.
Overall, it works pretty well and makes navigation seem safer. Plus it looks cool. 4 stars though for the expensive app purchase and for needing external power.
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