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While smart phone tech is wonderful and has brought about a lot of fantastic convenience, they’ve also caused an increase in traffic accidents. People can’t seem to put their phones down, even when safety is at risk. I’m guilty of this just like anyone else, but I’ve tried to make a conscience decision in recent years to not engage with my cell phone while driving. In reality, that’s the law and what all of us should be following.
Now there’s a device that actually addresses this safety issue while simultaneously rolling together several other pieces of modern technology into one incredibly useful gadget including GPS, music control, text, and caller ID. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to, Navdy, an augmented driving display.
Augmented Driving Display
So, are you wondering, what is an augmented driving display? For a basic comparison, it is like a Heads-Up-Display (HUD [often used in aircraft]) but retooled for use in a personal vehicle. A HUD, by definition, is any transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. In other words, it’s a transparent screen that displays information directly into your field of view while you are driving without obstructing your vision of the road ahead. Your eyes never have to leave the road!
How To Install Navdy
When you install the Navdy into your vehicle, the system will contain four basic parts: the stand, the display, the power base, and the control wheel. All the parts of the system are molded in black plastic. The stand is pretty self-explanitory. Several sizes of stands are included with the Navdy kit. So, you can set your Navdy to your field of view no matter how your vehicle’s dashboard is molded. The power base is attached to the stand. The Navdy display, held in place by powerful magnets, is placed on top. The power base plugs into your OBD port to draw power and receive vehicle data such as speed, economy, and fuel level.
The Navdy system is pretty simple to install and requires nothing more beyond a little common sense. The stand is installed after thoroughly cleaning the dash board to allow for proper adhesion. Don’t let the word “adhesion” bother you. I didn’t glue it to our dashboard with anything resembling super glue. The adhesive on the stand is very mild and can be removed and cleaned easily. Next, attach the power base to the stand. The power cord can be “guided” onto a specific path around your dash using the included clips to make sure it remains safely out of the way. Then plug it into your OBD port (usually located beneath your dash on the driver’s side often near the trunk or hood release). Finally, you’ll attach the magnetic display unit to the power base and make sure it is seated correctly and tightly.
How Navdy Works
The Navdy system works in tandem with an app you download onto your smart phone. The app feeds GPS data to the device via Bluetooth as well as giving you control of your playlists, texts, and calls on your phone without taking your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road. The control wheel attaches to your steering wheel via a strong rubber strap and allows you to cycle through and select menu options while your hands remain in proper driving position. Once you have the system installed, the app will run through an update process. Upon completion of setup, you’ll be ready to drive!
The data you would like displayed on the Navdy screen is fully selectable from a series of “gauges”. My particular setup includes speed (which also displays the current speed limit and a warning when you exceed it), fuel economy, and time/date. My relevant data is projected onto the transparent glass resulting in a hologram-like instrument cluster. If you’d prefer to skip the vehicle data, you can instead display GPS location and directions. While I don’t use GPS very often, I actually prefer it over the gauge display. It’s fantastic to see your directions directly in your line of sight. I find it much safer and convenient than constantly taking quick looks over at a GPS screen on a center console or mounted to the center of the dash.
Navdy Lets You Control With Your Hands
In addition to having control of the Navdy device through the toggle wheel, you can also use hand gestures! The Navdy display includes a small, built-in camera that recognizes certain gestures and complete the corresponding command. For example, if a person calls you while you are driving and you’d prefer to call them back later, simply wave your hand to the right and the device will ignore your call for you. Similarly, if you wave your hand to the left, your call will connect so you can speak through your vehicle’s bluetooth system. You can do the same for texts as well; wave to read or wave to ignore for the time being! Your eyes never leave the road ahead of you and your hands stay on the steering wheel as much as possible.
Our Experience with Navdy
Our experience with the Navdy system was overwhelmingly positive. We did experience an issue with our control wheel which turned out to be a minor design flaw. Navdy was already aware of the issue and had a new control wheel sent to us overnight, as well as a return label to ship the defective control wheel back for evaluation. Their customer service was fantastic to say the least! Navdy also rolled out an improved menu system and user interface during our testing period. The new interface made for a much more user-friendly experience over the original design. Everything else about the system has been absolutely flawless both in design and function. Barring the minor issue with the control wheel, everything else performed perfectly!
We happened to need our annual car inspection while we were testing out the device. The inspector inquired about the Navdy right away. I got to explain several of the features while he sat in the drivers seat. He was more than a little interested in getting his own! My sister in law is now interested as well, after seeing it in person in our minivan.