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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sygic GPS App Now Offers Head-Up Display Feature For Only $5

Windshield GPS projection devices seem to be the trend these days. First there was "Garmin HUD" which started the trend, followed by Pioneer Electronics themselves that announced "NavGate". Both those devices project GPS directions onto the windshield within the driver's field of vision. 

Garmin's device is priced at around $150 and is available within the US. Pioneer's NavGate, on the other hand, was announced only for Europe and is available for a whopping £600 ($980). 

Now there is a cheaper alternative from GPS app-maker, Sygic. The Sygic app can give you a projected GPS display for an additional in-app purchase of $5. iOS and Android versions of the app are available and will both work as a head-up display.
The Sygic app is FREE to download but the maps for North America cost $30 in the US App Store (prices for other regions vary). The app itself is one of the better premium GPS apps available.

Sygic allows offline use of the maps which is good especially when traveling to lesser connected areas. Individual area maps have to be purchased and downloaded onto your phone.

There are a few drawbacks worth noting. Firstly, you need to place your phone on the dashboard in a way that it won't dance around while driving. Secondly, the projected image gets displayed directly on the windshield unlike the Garmin HUD which uses a special film which has to be stuck on to the glass. Whether the projected image is easily viewable in different driving conditions and at different times during the day or night remains to be seen.

Check out more details from Sygic's website. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Source: Sygic

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