As part of AUTO Connected Car News’ Tech CARS Award there are — nominees for the best connected car device that can be added to vehicle to provide connected car features. Here are more details about the devices and what they do. In this category are Pearl Auto Rearvision, Garmin nüviCam HD, Hudway Glass, Navdy and Rand McNally OverDryve.
Pearl Auto Rearvision
Pearl Rearvision system adds a wireless backup camera that uses smartphone as monitor. It’s a rearview camera with parking sensors that acts as backseat driver. It offers drivers the ability to clearly see what’s behind your car with the only wireless backup camera and alert system of its kind. It is theft-resistant and easy-to-install, it upgradesyour car and turns your phone into your rearview screen. The best feature is that requires no drilling, no wires and no professional installation required. Audible and visual alerts. BUY Pearl Rearvision
Garmin nüviCam HD
This updated PND offers navigation Bluetooth, voice, HD Digital Traffic, Collision/Departure Alerts. The Built-in dash cam continuously records your drive and automatically saves files on impact; GPS records where and when events occurred. Forward collusion warning alerts if you drive too close to the car ahead. Lane Departure Warning alerts if you drift off the road or into oncoming traffic. Garmin Real Vision displays camera view when approaching select destinations. The Garmin nüviCam HD offers lifetime map updates including when businesses open and close. New roads are built. Be confident your routes reflect the latest map data available Amazon sells the Garmin nuviCam HD for $299, $100 off the MSRP.
Hudway HUD Glass with App
The Hudway HUD Glass allows using any head-up display app on any mobile device both in poor visibility and on a clear day. The device turns any smartphone into a head-up display for any car. It reflects any HUD-based app of your cell phone and displays it right in driver’s line of sight. The glass transparency allows for a clear road view so you are not distracted from the actual road.
The “glass” at the core of the device is a sturdy and lightweight plasticlens shaped to enlarge a smartphone’s image by 20 percent, while minimizing aberrations that would distort the view of the road. A coating on the lens also cancels the double image effect you would experience if you were to simply stick your phone on top of the dashboard and let the windshield take care of the reflection.
Users can pick from a number of apps that use their phone’s GPS and accelerometer to provide data like driving speed, location, and turn-by-turn directions. In keeping with the safety theme, Hudway’s own app for Android and iOS (doesn’t visually overwhelm users, but instead focuses on displaying only a few bits of data at a time, making them large, easily readable, and (hopefully) not too distracting. BUY Hudway HUD Glass for $49.99.
HUD, Google Maps, hand gestures and GPS. Navdy which just announced a partnership with HARMAN. Navdy is an Augmented Driving device that leverages augmented reality (AR) technology to project information directly in the driver’s line of sight, for an all new driving experience.Navdyprojects a transparent image on the road ahead, incorporates Hand Gestures to accept calls with the wave of your hand, a specially engineered Dial, and advanced software that lets you control your phone hands-free. With maps, calls, messages, notifications, music, and car information projected directly in front of you, you’ll never again miss a turn or the information you need while driving. For the first time, drivers can Look Forward while Staying Connected, and enjoy seamless integration of their phone into the driving experience.
Navdy incorporates popular Head-Up Display (HUD) technology, primarily offered as a pricey upgrade package in luxury cars, with a groundbreaking UI, and specially developed software, delivering a far richer driving experience at an accessible price. And since avdy is portable, consumers can enjoy the Navdy experience in whatever car they currently drive.
Rand McNally – Overdryve 7 is exclusively available from Best Buy. It featues a voice assistant, dash cam, trip recorder, media player with optional backup camera Rand McNally – Wireless Backup Camera. The OverDryve was selected as one of Best Buy’s Top Tech Gifts for the 2016 holiday season.
Designed with drivers in mind, OverDryve provides simple and intuitive access to a voice-controlled smart assistant, hands-free calling/texting and music from drivers’ favorite sources. It also provides audible news, weather, traffic and sports, forward collision warnings, dash camera, customizable gauge clusters and vehicle information. Services include award-winning trip planning and navigation as well as wired and wireless connectivity to in-dash radios.