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Navdy: Reinventing the driving experience
vportiz
April 3, 2017
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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.


The main function of the Navdy is providing your real-time traffic information along with directional details plus traffic information, a compass, and vehicle related data like low-fuel warning, speed and engine rpm. If you connect your device via Bluetooth, more information can be displayed, but I personally turned them off since I will get too distracted when driving. And of course, you can also use it as a speaker phone.

That being said, it is easier to navigate the Navdy’s functions thanks to the dial which I preferred using more than the hand gestures, which somehow distracted me while I was driving. With the companion app that can be installed on an Android or iOS device, you can also use Siri and Google Now for various voice-enabled commands.

My only quip is the dial, which is mostly attached using a simple hook on my steering wheel. It’s easy to take off and put back on, but I’m just worried how it would fare for long term usage.

The Navdy is priced at 2399 AED (available locally in the UAE at Virgin Megastores or online at www.Souq.com) – which isn’t exactly cheap but when you look at it, 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.

by vportiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming. Follow him on Twitter at @vp_ortiz17