Imagine you could take calls on your smart phone with just a wave of your hand. Now imagine you could navigate unfamiliar streets with confidence, thanks to a heads-up display that projects onto your windshield. Lastly, imagine a device that integrates your smartphone, your wireless network, bluetooth and your car’s computer, all without taking your hands off the wheel.
If you think you need to buy a Mercedes S Class or a Bentley to get such automotive deliciousness, you’re wrong. All you need is a Navdy, an iPhone (iOS 7+) or Android (4.3+) smartphone, and a car built after 1996.
The Navdy comes with a dual core processor that runs an accelerometer, e-compass, ambient light sensor, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0/LE, along with audio out via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm jack, a mini-USB port, and an Internal speaker and microphone, Phew, that’s a lot of stuff!
While there are other HUD accessories on the market, Navdy says none of them integrates all the features, including one hub for all your smart phone features, in such a compact, easy-to-use unit. The built-in infrared camera allows you to answer or end calls with the wave of your hand. Or you can initiate phone calls, dictate texts or add comments on social media using your phone’s voice recognition software. Because Navdy seamlessly integrates so many functions, if a call comes in while you are in navigation mode, your route directions continue to display while you take the call.
Plug your Navdy into your car’s OBD-II port to see your speed, RPM, distance to empty, fuel economy or tire pressure and battery voltage warnings displayed right before your eyes.
The Navdy is in prototype mode right now. The company expects to begin shipping in 2015. The regular price is $499 but you can order one during the next 30 days for the introductory price of just $299. The real beauty of the Navby is that you can take it with you and use it in any car. So you won’t have to ship your S Class or Bentley overseas if you are planning a trip to the Continent.