Whether they project directly onto your windshield or use a dedicated screen, head-up displays (HUDs) are pretty cool. Inspired by military aircraft, most versions offer navigation and some smartphone capabilities, but few are as comprehensive as we’d like.
Exploride, a Maryland-based startup, is launching a new product that the company calls the world’s first all-in-one HUD. Using convenient gesture and voice controls, it grants drivers the ability to take or decline phone calls, access Google Maps navigation, control music, hear texts, and even monitor vehicle diagnostics like speed, tire pressure, and fuel level, all from one place. There’s also an inbuilt 3 MP dash cam, cloud storage capability, and tons of available apps including Internet radio.
All of these functions are accessed through the HUD’s 6-inch transparent screen, which is controlled with four basic hand gestures: up, down, left, and right. From there, all your in-car gadgets are consolidated in front of the driver, which Exploride says will reduce distracted driving and increase safety.
“My fiancee and I used to talk on the phone sometimes, while driving,” said Sunil Vallath, founder of Exploride. “On one such occasion, while talking on the phone, she got into a car accident. Luckily, she was unharmed. But the incident shook me up.”
“It drove me to look for a solution where I could remain in touch with my loved ones while driving, without putting myself or them at risk of injury,” Vallath continued. “The journey introduced me and my team to several other touchpoints in the driving scenario as well, where intervention of technology could make life better.”
To finance the HUD’s manufacturing costs, Exploride has launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $100,000. Interested parties can preorder the unit for $239, which includes the HUD, an OBDII adapter (to access vehicle diagnostics), a charging set, and access to the exclusive Exploride app.