A new startup is aiming to change a approach drivers correlate with their smartphones by job itself a “Google Glass for your car.” Navdy Inc. announced Tuesday a association is rising a pre-order debate for a head-up arrangement (HUD) that allows drivers to entrance their smartphone’s apps while also gripping their eyes on a highway by regulating touchless gestures.
What is Navdy?
The San Francisco-based startup, founded by Simpson and sequence contriver Karl Guttag, aims to emanate a safer pushing knowledge by mixing a high-quality projection arrangement with voice and gesticulate controls so a user never has to demeanour down while navigating, communicating or accessing song apps such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Google Play.
“Navdy is a head-up arrangement that lets we use your favorite apps in a automobile while gripping your eyes on a road,” Simpson told IBTimes. “It’s indeed a world’s initial head-up arrangement that works in any automobile and it’s a world’s initial head-up arrangement that lets we use touchless gestures to control it.”
The association pronounced it uses a same record used by airline pilots to keep their eyes on a runway while alighting an airplane.
“The biggest emanate is eyes on a highway and carrying to demeanour down during a phone or a hold shade built into a car’s console. All of that takes your eyes off a road,” Simpson said. “We’re unequivocally perplexing to solve that problem as good as yield an knowledge that’s only unequivocally constrained and unequivocally natural.”
How Navdy Works
With Navdy, a user’s apps seem as a pure picture directly within their margin of perspective that appears to boyant 6 feet in front of their windshield. The device, that works on iPhone and Android smartphones, is designed so a user can say their concentration on a highway while observation navigation instructions, incoming calls or app notifications.
“You get your turn-by-turn directions on Navdy. You’re means to control your phone calls, control your song and you’re means to see notifications and calm messages from your phone,” Simpson said.
The device can be mounted on any automobile dashboard and is powered by plugging in to a onboard computer, accessible in all cars constructed given 1996. Navdy links to a user’s automobile and is means to arrangement information on their windshield such as speed, RPM, miles-to-empty, fuel economy stats, tire-pressure warning or battery-voltage warning from a car’s computer.
“As a user we only place a device on a lurch right in front of a steering circle and afterwards it connects to your phone by Bluetooth,” Simpson said. “There’s a little projector that’s built into a device and it projects a pure picture that appears to boyant outward your windshield. It’s focused out in a stretch so a highway stays in concentration while we perspective a content.”
Navdy’s Pre-Order Campaign Kicks Off in Aug
Navdy kicked off a 30-day pre-order debate on Aug. 5, 2014, and a association is charity a $200 bonus to early customers. The projected sell cost for a device is $499.
Simpson pronounced a thought for a startup came out of his possess disappointment while perplexing to scheme navigation instructions and apps in his car.
“If you’re regulating a navigation app on your phone and a phone call comes in, unexpected your navigation instructions disappear and then, even worse, we have audio turn-by-turn directions articulate over your conversations,” Simpson said. “We unequivocally wanted to urge that whole experience.”
The startup now has 12 employees and is formulation to lift $60,000 by a pre-sales to get backers on house and support initial prolongation efforts. Navdy is approaching to boat a device to business in early 2015.