Think back a few years to 2011 and the release of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Remember the stunning heads-up display shown on the amazing BMW i8?
Well, you can't have it -- at least, not yet -- but several manufacturers are working hard to improve the humdrum HUDs that many of us rely on for mundane details like vehicle speed and remaining fuel. The latest such gadget to cross our desk is called Navdy.
There are several things to like about Navdy:
- For starters, it's aftermarket, so nearly any kind of car can use it.
- It also uses a gesture-based control system, meaning that, with a little bit of trial and error, drivers should be able to interact with it without much problem.
- Unlike some decidedly unloved infotainment systems we could name, Navdy uses the apps that are already on your phone (Android and iPhone, for now). You won't be able to play Flappy Bird, but Navdy will allow you to control music, messaging, and more using the apps you already know and love. To minimize distractions, users have control over which app notifications appear and when, and parents can block certain apps and features when kids are behind the wheel. Navdy is developing more apps in house to augment the device's functionality.
- Last but not least, it's pretty. (Not the device, per se, but the color display.) Navigation looks especially nice and useful.
That said, Navdy isn't without its flaws:
- At a retail price of $499, it's pricey. (Though you can pre-order one now for $299, which ain't bad.)
- It won't ship until early 2015, which means you can't give it (or get it) as a holiday present this year.
- It uses Bluetooth, which can be a real drain on your mobile phone's battery.
For more details about Navdy, check out the overview video above and read the Navdy FAQ (at the bottom of the company's homepage). Let us know if this is the sort of thing you'd be interested in buying for yourself or someone you love.