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New App Brings Augmented Reality HUD to Your Windshield

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments


Augmented reality is the next big step for personal computing. Adding information overlays for life has a lot of practical applications, especially if you can avoid fiddling with your device while on the road. And now we can say "there's an app for that."

Hudway works by reflecting light from the display off of the windshield and into your eyes. It uses Google maps and it allows you to set up a route,  attach it to the dash, and then the directions appear automatically.

For the time-being, the display only works at night and in similar low-light conditions. The demo videos are surprisingly impressive, but if you're planning on picking it up, you may also want to invest in a dashboard mount so the expensive bit of tech can safely sit where it needs to. Oh! A charger might be wise as well (screens being the power-hogs they are).

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    bobusboy , November 16, 2013 5:55 PM
    Maybe I'm blind, what is the name of the app?
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    DelightfulDucklings , November 16, 2013 6:18 PM
    Maybe I'm blind, what is the name of the app?

    It's called 'Hudway'

    On another note this looks like another incremental step towards automated cars ^.^

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    eza , November 16, 2013 6:19 PM
    there are loads of them and they've been around for ages now.
    just search google play for "HUD".

    they only work well at night.
    for daytime driving i use iOnRoad - it uses the camera and warns you if lane drifting or approaching something too quickly (eg. if someone brakes suddenly)
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    tanngate , November 16, 2013 6:44 PM
    This is already built in some luxury vehicles. Example:
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    bobusboy , November 16, 2013 6:47 PM
    Maybe I'm blind, what is the name of the app?
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    phalanxes , November 17, 2013 12:17 AM
    Dashboard mount?
    You mean velcro and some super glue...
    Or duct tape i suppose, duct tape solves everything
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    Rhalf77 , November 17, 2013 1:48 AM
    This is lame,half the time the guy is driving off the road because he is watching the HUD.
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    dosmastr , November 17, 2013 3:26 AM
    interesting first step but I think it wont really be useful until it helps identify things in the dark that someone without night vision would not be able to see.

    Though a little flashing headline "The lane you are in is EXIT ONLY" may cut down on people driving like idiots....may....
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    dosmastr , November 17, 2013 3:28 AM
    like I mean have the hug on the WHOLE windshield and show the outline of maybe a person or biker dressed all in black in the center of the road.
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    joneb , November 17, 2013 3:53 AM
    I think the demo video was a bad way to represent the hud possibly. Maybe if it was shown on a proper road or motorways with intersections, different lanes, exit lanes, roundabouts and at a speed suitable for the road as per signage we may have had a better representation.
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    popatim , November 17, 2013 12:17 PM
    HUD has been available in several GM vehicles since the 90's; while this certainly would be more useful incorporating Navigation its not to the point where its distracting from your normal driving any more so than looking at your cluster or dedicated gps would. I fell in love with Hud in my 98 Bonneville and will not havea car without it. (its easy enough to add LoL)

    I don't see this going very far. All you really need is a reflective sticker on the windshield, available from just about all windshield replacement shops (the GM's with HUD have a reflective layer built into the windshield which most replacements don't have - hence the need for the sticker) and a display driver to reverse the display image. Google Navigation already has a black & white type mode which is the one I prefer anyways.

    Value - 99 cents IMO.
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    kdw75 , November 17, 2013 12:35 PM
    What is that horrible sound I keep hearing that sounds like a toy electric car?
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    ericburnby , November 17, 2013 4:37 PM
    They will never work properly. Vehicles with real HUD's have a special windshield to reflect the image. It will never look good on a normal windshield.
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    knowom , November 17, 2013 9:34 PM
    Looks distracting to me personally.
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    Parrdacc , November 18, 2013 5:26 AM
    No thanks, looks kinda cheap in its implementation. I will stick with my in dash navigation if need too.
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    aracheb , November 18, 2013 8:35 AM
    Can you people See an realized that he is in a Rally cruise ?
    he isn't driving off road. He is driving in the proper way you should drive on that kind of track at that speed. If you don't drive like that on those terrains, you will be flipping your car back to it 4 wheels 90% of the time.
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    back_by_demand , November 18, 2013 10:11 AM
    Cool idea, but limited to screen size of the tablet, would be better if the whole dash was projecting to give a whole windscreen HUD, so made for the car would be better. By all means have the app on a phone or tablet you plug into a USB port in the car.
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    unklep , November 18, 2013 2:48 PM
    that looks so fun. but the hud is a bit small i think. when driving you want to look where you want to go not just straight ahead. but still a great first generation start to the future of driving