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New gadget :: New Device Displays Directions Right on Windshield

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Even though our portable devices have made navigating road trips a lot easier, there are still some pretty prominent annoyances. Ever try to reattach the suction cup of your GPS mount while keeping up with highway traffic? Or miss a turn because the smartphone app you used barely spoke above a whisper?

These inconveniences aren’t a problem for cars whose navigation equipment is synced to a head-up display, or HUD. The HUD displays information directly in the driver’s line of sight, and there’s no need to look away from the road. But spending thousands of dollars for a HUD installation isn’t that appealing.

Dan Bartel, the vice president of worldwide sales at Garmin, said that the company is ready to take on the task of making this luxury car item accessible on all cars. “[Garmin’s] HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price,” he said in a statement on Garmin’s blog.

Though there are some portable HUDs available on the the market today, they rarely do more than act as secondary dashboards. The Garmin HUD is a small rectangular device that sits atop the driver’s […]