Navdy guides drivers with over-the-dashboard viewAftermarket head-up display Navdy shows navigation and communications in a driver's view, but the unit feels intrusive in smaller cars.
[MUSIC] A head-up display, or a HUD, projects translucent graphics in your field of view. It can give you useful information while you're driving. Today, I'm looking at Navdy. Now, this is an aftermarket HUD and an infotainment system that you can put into almost any car. Navdy consists of this projecting unit, Which sits on top of your dashboard. That's on a magnetic mount, plugs into your cars OBD-II port and that give Navdy power and tells it your vehicles speed and your fuel level. There's also a control wheel that straps to your steering wheel. That all connects to your phone through Navdy's app. Now the first thing I noticed here is the graphics in the head up display are really crisp and bright. It shows me a lot of information more so than I see in a lot of built in HUDs in cars. What I don't like is this prediction unit. pretty high. And this graphic is filling up a lot of my field of view. I'm not crazy about that. It's probably due to the fact that I'm testing this in an Audi A4, it's got a pretty high-cal of an instrument cluster. But this is going to be the same case in a lot of small sedans, especially sports cars. I think it'll work better in SUVs or minivans, any car with a larger windshield, a little more space with the dashboard. To use Navdy's navigation Before I even get into the car I can search a destination on mapping the app on my phone. As soon as I get into the car, it'll load that root guidance into the navi unit here so I can see the root. That's the really nice seemless experience. Navigation uses a mix Of Google maps and also includes its own maps built into the unit here so when I'm in an area without cell coverage, I can still navigate. That's nice. Beyond navigation, I can get in to nav these menus here just by a couple pushes on this button. And that gets me into the different menu options here. I can get some pre-saved favorite places, I can see my contacts, place a phone call that way. Get a little bit of music control here, if I'm playing music from my phone to the stereo. Most useful, though, is I've got Siri integration here. Now, that'd be Google Assistant if I was using an Android phone. Siri will let me place calls or choose music. All the things Siri let's you do, but one thing it won't let me do, is choose a destination by voice. I also have what Navity calls a dash that lets me see my vehicle speed, my RPMs, and some trip information, as well. Now, one cool thing here, if you start running low on fuel, Navity can find you a gas station that's on your route. So, that's really convenient. And, while I'm driving, if I get a call or text message, it'll flash up a notice on here and I can accept or dismiss it. By just swiping my hand left or right across navdy's sensor, so that's a nice safe way to get phone calls. Now navdy's a bit expensive at $799 but it definitely can tech up an older car.