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Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
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proprietor352
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7/9/2013 | 11:53:17 AM
re: Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
I originally suggested this concept and implementation to Delphi, Visteon, Magellan, and TOM TOM, back from 2004-2006, As a manufacturer rep.
Issues are curvature of glass and placement of the HUD projector (was in negotiation discussion with microvision at the time) and brightness. My suggestion was film for brightness and distortion from glass not a big issue to consumer. Careful placement of box due to safety concerns is important. Airbags deploying under an object create a missile with far greater velocity than just impact. I know three ways to do it safely if someone wants to contact me about it. Engineering is not free ;). BTW suggestion of 30 dollar price tag is unreasonable with BOM cost. projection technology is not that cheap. 100 dollars is about right, when i was researching it it would have been 299 retail.
A. Nony Mous
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A. Nony Mous,
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7/9/2013 | 4:21:16 AM
re: Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
Why does the linked Garmin press release say "head-up display" but the article above says "headS-up display"? (Do you keep your head up or your heads up with this display?)
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7/8/2013 | 9:50:30 PM
re: Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
Unless it's a rear-end collision, the box will just fly out the windshield, and not towards the driver's head like a missile
MyW0r1d
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7/8/2013 | 7:09:01 PM
re: Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
Good point, like any other GPS or cell phone device or the suction cup attached arm devices that hold them in place. However, if they can get the device down to the $30 price tag or $120 option, why couldn't there be a modification kit which hides it like the sunglasses' holder and springs open with a push? The important point is they are getting the price down to a reasonable level to make it mainstream.
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7/8/2013 | 5:42:09 PM
re: Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
"The HUD is a small box that sits atop the dashboard"
It's an unsafe practice that many people do.
In a collision, whatever aftermarket device or gadget that the driver got on the dashboard would fly off like projectiles. The HUD, from its "strategic" position, may fly straight into the driver's head right after impact like a missile.
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7/8/2013 | 5:08:52 PM
re: Garmin Puts Directions On Car Windshield
Ok, the part I find interesting is that 1) the u.s. military has used HUD's for years. 2) a company larger than Garmin is rolling out a HUD and laws are being passed to ban its use in the car before the product is even out. 3) with those laws being passed Garmin decides to release a HUD?

What product? Google Glass. I have no idea whether or not I will buy a Google Glass. I definitely won't be an early adopter. (yeah, yeah, you're saying you won't buy it...."your" kind said the same thing about cell phones 20 years ago.)

My point is...I don't understand the attack on Google Glass. If a HUD is good enough for a fighter pilot I'm fairly certain a driver could benefit from it...and by benefit I mean make driving even safer,,,think proximity warnings, not having to move eyes off of road, arrows showing you the way to go, etc. I'm not talking watching porn on Google Glass while driving, I'm talking about having all of that information you need floating in front of you and seeing the road at the same time. You know...like the guys traveling faster than the speed of sound while people are shooting at them.

I think Google is on the right track with their HUD's and semi-automated cars. If you can increase infrastructure capacity AND make driving safer while passing on the cost to the private market I am all for it!


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