New navigation displays make for safer driving

July 11, 2013 12:00 AM

GPS technology can be a tremendous help when you're behind the wheel, but it can also pose problems for drivers. Constantly looking down at smartphones or other navigation devices means taking your eyes off the road and potentially putting yourself at risk, and more regulations are restricting the use of cellphones and other mobile devices by vehicle operators. 

However, a new product from Garmin could change the way motorists get their directions. The company recently announced the release of new head-up display units, which can project instructions and commands on the windshield of a car so drivers can see the information while keeping their attention focused on traffic. 

"HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road," said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales for Garmin. "Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle at an affordable price." 

The device doesn't require a lot of auto repair or preparation for use. According to AutoBlog, all drivers have to do is install a transparent film onto the windshield to act as a screen. It can also connect to smartphones with Bluetooth capabilities. 

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