You no longer have to buy a luxury car in order to have a dash mounted head-up display. HUDWAY Glass is an affordable smartphone accessory that fills up that gap.
The dashboard of modern cars has already been redesigned and digitized in order to provide more useful information while driving, but taking your eyes off the road just for a split second could have serious consequences. A heads-up display, on the other hand, enables drivers to see important details regarding their ride, all without having to lower the eyes.
Instead of projecting info straight to the windshield, like some other head-up displays do, HUDWAY Glass has its own transparent surface on which the ride-related details are shown.
The companion app, which is available for both iOS and Android, displays such details as current, average, and maximum speed, acceleration, navigation details (direction and distance until the next turn), and 3D road view. Considering the things people do nowadays while driving, it would hurt if the app also displayed text messages, or even song lyrics for lip-syncing while driving. On a second thought, given the fake PSA the girls at Skit Box posted the other day on Facebook, it’s probably better (not to mention safer) to refrain from lip-syncing while behind the wheel.
Here is the description of this HUD from the ones who made it:
“Hi, we’re HUDWAY. We made a universal vehicle accessory that turns your smartphone into a Head-Up Display (HUD) bringing comfort and safety to drivers all over the world. We did it because we’re tired of waiting for others. Because we believe that automotive HUDs are safer than an instrument-panel display or a smartphone. And because other solutions are either very expensive, or stuck in the midst of a long and complicated development process. This is the accessory we want, and we think you’ll like it.
It’s simple and affordable. Discover a new way of using your phone while driving and not being distracted. Now we need your support to make HUDWAY Glass a reality.”
HUDWAY Glass is currently featured on Kickstarter, where pledges have already surpassed the $100,000 funding goal. Early birds could get the HUD by pledging $34 or $39, but unfortunately, all those spots have already been taken. Regular backers can still secure a HUDWAY Glass for themselves by pledging $49 or more. Deliveries should start in March 2016, assuming that nothing goes wrong with the crowdfunding campaign. Also, since the funding goal was achieved in just 5 days and there still are 24 days to go until the campaign ends, it would hurt for the developers to add some stretch goals. Remember that thing I said earlier about lip-syncing and driving?
This particular HUD could make driving faster, especially for the ones who have not spent much time behind the wheel. Until driverless vehicles become the norm, it’s our responsibility to make sure we’re not distracted during the ride.
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[via Geeky Gadgets]