Our lives have become smarter than ever… starting from our computers, to our phones, now our watches. But what about the car?
The in-car entertainment systems provided be any company are of poor quality. Be it the touch daily in an Audi, or a high tech touch screen in the Tesla, there hasn’t been as much innovation in this field of vehicle technology. Those systems do a lot now, rather than just playing music, but the user/driver still need to move his head around and navigate through a bunch of buttons. And because theses systems cannot do anything perfectly, we end up looking at our phones.
And that is a major threat to life. The number of accidents due to distraction by a phone has been ever increasing.
The fact is, we need something that will act like a heads-up display on the dash of our cars. It need to be minimal and non distractive. And Navdy comes into picture.
Navdy is a super futuristic piece of car tech. Before you head on to the review, watch this:
Pretty cool, right? That’s what even I felt when I watched the video for the first time.
Navdy got a whopping $6.5 million as funding. The idea behind navdy is to make sure drivers don’t look away from the road, and there is as less distraction as possible from external sources.
The working of the device is pretty innovative. Navdy has gone for an on-glass projection which makes the background clearly visible. The screen, or the “combiner” as they call it, is just 5 inches, but the image has a depth of field, so it looks as if it over 10 inches large. Pretty! The image is projected by a mini projector and gets reflected by a mirror before it seen.
Navdy also has gesture control. Swipe your finger right or left to skip songs, or show your palm to pause. But maximum of the functions are controlled over voice: either Siri or Google Now, depending on your device.
Navdy works perfectly with both iOS and Android. It will push notifications and phone calls as they arrive. Plus, it’ll control music playing on your phone. Navdy supports Apple Maps or Google Maps as per your device.
Navdy costs $299 on pre-order currently, but its actual cost will be $499.
Navdy is pushing in-car technology to a new league, and is directly competing with popular companies building tech for vehicles. This is taking the smart car technology one step closer to reality. Its a great upgrade for people who wish to have a slice of future in their cars!