Garmin announces $130 heads-up display for your car, hopes to help you not crash

You’re a horrible person, and so am I. You know why? Because we drive places with our smartphone in our lap, occasionally looking down to make sure we’re going the right direction. Sure, some of us are smart and have purchased hands-free mounts, but Garmin thinks they can go one step better.

The company has just announced the “Garmin HUD“. HUD in this case stands for heads-up display. No, they didn’t create a smartphone accessory that straps a phone to your face, instead they created a little Bluetooth accessory that projects a small screen onto your windshield. In order for this to work, you need to put a small sticker on your windshield, and I wish I could tell you how big said sticker is, but Garmin doesn’t say. Garmin does, however, say this thing works just as well in bright sunlight as it does at night, but I highly doubt that.

Should you buy this thing? Wait for the reviews, obviously, but I’m going to have to say you’re probably better off buying one of those suction cups you stick on your windshield that holds your phone. Take the money you’ll end up saving and spend it on gas, which these days is only getting more and more expensive.

  • BMWIIIMPower

    Now that would be an interesting Cydia tweak… Take any app you have and flip it so the screen reflects the correct image onto your windshield like a heads up display. Set the iPhone to max brightness, place it on your dash, and it will probably work pretty good at night… and okay during the day, a cloudy day. There is an app called “Fast, a Speedometer” that has this feature. I would assume a tweak like this wouldn’t be too hard to create. Anyone wan’t to take a crack at it?

    Below are screenshots from that “Fast” app so everyone knows what I’m talking about. I’ve used it and I have to say, it really does work “enough.” At night it works flawlessly.

  • wolf39us

    what’s to keep this thing from sliding all over the place? Also, who wants to put a sticker on the inside of their windshield? Also, I seriously doubt that this sticker is going to be any match for the Florida sun!

  • moe22

    LOL the new generation cars come with this installed… 130$ to get outdated on your next car.

  • Greg

    I want to know how people got around without GPS. What happened to just remembering the sequence of turns after looking at the map. Most directions dont involve that many turns, can’t someone remember 8 or 10 points to turn. I drove for 30 years before NAV and honestly I got everywhere I needed to go – All over the county, and back home again. I have it in my cars as they come with it, but often find that the route is not the best route even with the latest maps and parameters set. Also placing any sticker (clear or otherwise) below the AS1 line on the windshield in just about every location is not legal. With the exception of state mandated inspection or tax stickers. I had heads up display in a 2003 corvette – all info except nav and it was quite annoying in all reality. Even on the dimmest setting at night it detracted from driving. I was glad that it could be turned off. Just more junk to distract drivers more.

  • Casey

    Way to late! It would have been great in 2007 – 2010 lol