I first tried out the Navdy aftermarket heads-up display at the year’s Geneva motor show, and have been trialling one this week. You might not have heard of Navdy but you will have heard for Harman, who they partner with for it.
Basically, you get a little screen, which you mount on your dashboard with magnets, and adjust the height to suit. Then you stick a little rotary button on your steering wheel to control the functions (the screen also responds to gesture control, but, while this remains a minority sport, drivers who attempt it look frankly like they’ve lost the plot behind the wheel).
You download the Navdy app on your phone to link the two devices, and off you go. The satnav route will appear as a transparent image on the road ahead, in the manner of forthcoming built-in satnav systems (the only other system I’ve seen that matches the quality of graphics or the augmented-reality nature of the arrows pointing down the road are on the VW ID concept, which shows you how advanced this tech is).
With your phone linked to the system, your text messages and calls, along with pictures of those who have tried to contact you, appear projected directly over the road ahead. So does your music, notifications and more. It’s like Apple CarPlay but, dare I say it, better.