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Let’s check out this heads-up display made for your car.

Let’s check out this heads-up display made for your car.

Navdy is the first portable heads-up display released as an add-on to your car. It connects via your car’s OBD-II port (the port exists on vehicles made after 1996) and projects various information on a piece of glass position right in front of you.

Much like a dashboard display, it can display map directions via Google Maps, and even display notifications when it is connected through your smartphone. All of these functions can be controlled using a dial that you can attach on your steering wheel along with support for hand gestures so you don’t get easily distracted when driving on the road.

For testing, I hooked up the Navdy on Nissan Versa 2009 and a Toyota Pajero 2016. Setup was easy, but it does involve fixing wires along with getting the right position for the device. It is recommended that you put the Navdy low enough for you to still see the road completely without distracting your view from your display. It took a while for me to get adjusted to seeing the display in front of me while driving, so it’s best that you test it out on an empty road before using it on more congested areas.

The main display, which is a piece of glass where information is projected, can easily be folded down when not in use. The display is clear enough to be used even when under direct sunlight (it supports 30,000 nits of brightness), and does not affect the quality of projection of the Navdy. It’s sharp enough for me to read information of it, no matter what the lighting situation is.

We Like
  • Easy to install and configure
  • Sharp and bright display
  • Can be paired with your smartphone to display messages and other notifications
We hate
  • Price might be too expensive for some
  • Separate dial is a little flimsy, which questions its durability for long term use
We Say

The Navdy isn’t exactly cheap when you look at it, but it does enable you to have a heads-up display on any car. That’s way cheaper than purchasing a high-end vehicle that at times, even lack the features that the Navdy provides.

Victor Philip Ortiz
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