JVC Kenwood's Heads-Up Nav System Keeps Your Eyes On The Road

Sure, in-car GPS navigation systems make it easier to know where you're headed. But it's all for naught if you're so distracted checking the map that you end up rear-ending someone. So to help ensure you're at least keeping one eye on the road, JVC Kenwood's new MDV-737HUD nav system includes a see-through heads-up display that sits right next to your rear-view mirror.

A more traditional and highly detailed map is still available via a pop-out LCD display in the dashboard, but the smaller HUD, which uses the same LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology as a projector, provides simplified directions and easy-to-read instructions. So not only are the driver's eyes still on the road, the information being provided is easier to instantly comprehend.

Of course if you couldn't care less about distracted driving, the large LCD display on the base unit can also be used to watch TV, play DVDs, or serve as a speakerphone for your handset. And what would you expect to pay to (kind of) make your fighter pilot dreams come true? JVC Kenwood has priced the MDV-737HUD at around $US2,500, so start saving your pennies, Maverick.




    This doesn't necessarily mean 'eyes on the road though, that's 'eyes in the sky'. I don't think it'll help.

      Agreed. Even if it were positioned in line with the driver's eyes and only slightly off to the side, the focal length is the issue. You cannot be watching what's happening 20 meters in front of you whilst your eyes are focused 50 cm in front of you.

        Am I the only one here that can extract information from images outside of my focus or deep in my peripheral vision?

        You also may want to note that it is a requirement of passing any driving test(EDIT: In Victoria) that you be checking your mirror(s) 3 times in 1-2 minutes so I can't see how you would consider looking at both your mirror and the HUD at the same time would impact your ability to drive safely considering you should be looking there every 30 seconds or so anyway?

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          checking mirrors does not impact the ability to drive safely. It can be done easily and must be done often. But when focused on that mirror 50 cm from your face do you have a clear image of what's going on 20 meters behind it? No, not really. And that's merely the point that I was making. That even if a device is almost entirely transparent and directly in front of your line of sight, the different focal lengths prevent you from being able to watch both the near and far objects at the same time. That said, having a transparent device in front of you is better than having a device up near your mirror, where your eyes must be diverted both laterally and vertically, as well as focally.

          Having a transparent GPS would be more advantageous if the GPS was positioned in front of the driver's line of site, but having a transparent GPS that's positioned up near the mirror seems counterintuitive to me; what does the transparency achieve? A unimpeded view of the second story windows of buildings? or the sky?

          Don't get me wrong in that it's a nice development from JVC. I'm just saying that the transparency will be more applicable in future devices where the screen can be positioned in the driver's line of sight, instead of up near the rear view mirror.

          I check my mirrors over excessively and I feel more safe than looking up at a navigation instrument. Fact is, I don't have to study my mirros, I'm checking for any dangers / whether or not I can change lanes. So on and so forth.

    I'm not completely sure, but I think it's illegal here in Oz to have anything other than the mirror up there.
    These devices are supposed to be mounted to the driver's right in the corner of the windscreen.
    You're not even supposed to have them above and in the center of the dash.

    mind you, whet the heck is the point of being able to see through something up in that position anyway?
    What do these people think we're all looking at through that part of the screen?
    Oh I know.
    Meteors over Russia?

      There is not ruling in Australia as to where device should be placed. The only legal requirement that we have is that the device does not impair the drivers vision.

      The reason behind the though glass would be same as a heads up displays found in most high end cars

    I've been after something like this for a while.
    They just need to integrate this into the windshield like those digital speedos they used to have on the Nissan Bluebird.

    I want the #HTCOne for its: Design

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