Car HUD Apps for Android & iOS

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HUD (Heads-up Display) Apps for Android/iOS

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Car HUD Apps- Analysis & Comparison

The heads-up display (HUD) for cars has been making a flutter in the automotive industry for the experience it delivers to end users.

TheAutomotive Heads-up Display(HUD) market is expected to reach $2.09 bn by 2022, according to a report released by Credence Research in May 2016.

In the automotive value chain, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) or car manufacturers provide a dashboard infotainment or a car HUD system in some of their latest car models.

This HUD system, which is designed by the car companies equipment supplier, technology vendor or in-house product team, is as an assembled product that comes with a pre-packaged hardware and software.

There also are HUD systems designed by the after-market companies. These cater to customers who own an older model of the car and are not willing to upgrade for an HUD. This is also an assembled product.

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A software-only HUD system:A heads-up display mobile app qualifies as an all-software system for which the mobile phone acts as the hardware. With increasing popularity of in-car infotainment and automotive HUD systems, there are many HUD apps flooding the app-stores.

These apps give end users a glimpse of the HUD experience with the following advantages:

No additional hardware purchaseOne can buy additional features, as per the individual requirement, through in-app purchasesIts easier to uninstall a particular HUD app and install another based on the preference

Now, what are the downsides?

You will miss out on the whole gamut of features (offered by OEMs/suppliers/after-market companies) that can enrich your driving experience

gesture and voice control (touch-less controls)Driving/navigation alert,receiving/making calls and messages through dashboardzero-distraction driving

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An offering from a Russian start-up, the Hudway app projects the navigation from your cellphone onto the windscreen. The app only works at night and in low light settings though.

To combat this deficiency, the company has developed Hudway Glass, a device that will project from the smartphone at all times. Hudway Glass is still in the works and will cost $49.

The app, which is freely available, has mixed reviews. Complaints of bugs are plenty and while users are impressed with the concept, the execution leaves much to be desired.

Embitel TechnologiesInternational presence: Tesla for Glass and Hyundai for Glass (wearables)

Working with Google Glass, two different apps are present in the marketto sync with Tesla and Hyundai vehicles.

The apps let you sync your Google Glass with your car to help display navigation, check battery levels, and lock and unlock the cars doors.

The obvious downside is that you need to own Google Glass and a Hyundai or a Tesla to use these apps.

Embitel TechnologiesInternational presence: Sygic Head-up Display

The product of a Slovakian company, this is a navigation app with the HUD feature to project on your windscreen.

While the app is free, more features are available on payment.

Sygics overall reviews are above average, but in regions of Asia, the Middle East and Australia, users complain of poor coverage.

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Navier HUD

Whilerain Studios HUD has found fans with its efficient functioning and customizable display, but those who want finesse from the HUD arent satisfied.

Occasional errors in navigation and the apps inability to sync with contacts leave users who want a top-notch experience dissatisfied.

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