• Offers in-car head-up display
  • System projects information such as directions, vehicle speed
  • Should be available soon for $129.99

Before you buy a luxury car for its high-tech head-up display (HUD), you might want to see the tech company Garmin has on the way. The firm, known for its navigation systems, recently revealed an all-new head-up display linked to a driver's smartphone.

Available for $129.99, the Garmin HUD projects important details on to a car's windshield. Such items can include a road's speed limit, a vehicle's current speed and navigation details such as the direction of the next turn and a car's estimated time of arrival.

The HUD works using a special film that drivers can stick on their car's windshield. Once the film is in place they can use the technology right away. Those who want navigation will also have to buy Garmin's $29 StreetPilot and Navigon apps.

That's good news for shoppers who like getting directions from their mobile phone, but worry about the distraction it can cause. It's also good news for drivers who enjoy the head-up displays available on many modern cars, but have been turned off by the prices of vehicles that offer such equipment.

While the system seems a great way for drivers to easily read smartphone directions, it does have a few drawbacks. For example, the film is necessary for use, meaning the system can't easily be switched from car to car. Also, the system doesn't include a full-color display like a traditional navigation system.

Still, the system is the first we've seen that provides an aftermarket head-up display for such a reasonable price. If you're interested in this kind of technology, it might be worth a try.

What it means to you: Thanks to the Garmin HUD, drivers who want a head-up display don't have to spend big money on a luxury car with the feature.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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