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Garmin's portable HUD puts your navigation on any car's windshield

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Garmin has officially announced the HUD, a portable heads-up display unit for vehicles that can receive navigation instructions from a smartphone and display them on any car's windshield. Paired with a transparent film that sticks to the window or a dedicated reflector lens, the HUD is designed to make sure drivers keep their eyes on the road instead of looking at various screens for navigation purposes.

The HUD pairs over Bluetooth with Garmin's StreetPilot or Navigon apps for smartphones, and it can display turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, as well as estimated time of arrival. It also offers speed limit alerts, traffic delays, and locations of cameras, and guides drivers into the correct lanes they need to be in. Garmin claims that the unit can auto adjust its brightness so that it is visible in direct sunlight or at night.

Garmin is by no means ahead of the game with the HUD — many cars have come equipped with built-in heads-up displays for decades, and even portable Bluetooth-equipped units have been around for years. Garmin contends that its portable HUD provides more details and information than competing units, but it will cost you $129.99 for the privilege when it arrives on shelves some time this summer.