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Tech Talk: Navigation arrows on your car’s windshield

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 12:25 PM

HOUSTON -– Garmin, the company that makes those popular navigation units that stick to your car’s windshield, says it has something new coming out this summer.

It’s the Garmin HUD, or “heads up display.”

The new gadget sits on your car’s dash and links up with your smartphone to exchange data about your location. It then projects (or your windshield reflects, really) turn-by-turn directions that you can see through as you drive.

It will show you big arrows, letting you know when to turn, and it will display traffic alerts or warn you when a red light camera is nearby. The heads up display is similar to what you may find built in to some high-end cars -- or a jetfighter. Garmin says the info shown is just enough to keep you informed without distracting you.

It's a smart business move for the company, which has seen a decline in sales as more people turn to smartphones for their navigation needs.

The HUD's price will be $130, which is a pretty good deal for such a cool gadget, but you’ll also need the Garmin app for Android or iPhone, which costs $30.

As a word of caution: if you get it, don’t leave it on your dash for the thieves to break in and steal. That's the only thing that might be annoying about it -- you have to get it out everytime you want to use it or you risk get it stolen.

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