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Idea: How Will Garmin’s New Gadget Benefit Motorcycle Riders?

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Gadgets GPS
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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American GPS manufacturer Garmin Open link in a new window announced a few days ago a new device. The gadget is not a GPS, but an add-on for GPS software. What it is, is a Heads Up Display (HUDAirplane HUD) for cars. The device is placed on your dashboard, paired with your smartphone navigation software (Garmin's StreetPilot or Navigon apps) and then beams navigation instructions on a transparent film that is attached to your windshield. In other words, you will be able to see where you need to go without taking your eyes of the road, a bit like a fighter pilot in a jet fighter airplane.

This is a recent technology that you can see in expensive cars, like top models of BMW, but now you can buy this device for as little as US$129.99. But will it work for motorcycles?

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Obviously it will probably not work for sportsbikes, or any motorcycle that has a small windshield. But for big, full dresser bikes, it could well work. Honda Gold Wing, BMW LT, most big dresser Harley-Davidsons, Kawasaki Vulcans, etc etc could probably make this work. Place the device on the dash, attach the transparent film (there is also an optional reflector lens that is attached directly to the device), pair your smartphone's navigation app (only Garmin and Navigon need to apply), and you are in business.

The device will display navigation instructions using arrows (a bit like the very early GPS models), distance until the next turn, current speed, speed limit and at what time you should be arriving. If you have subscribed, it will also show you when you are approaching a radar speed check position and if there is traffic up ahead.

The unit adjusts its brightness depending on how much ambient light there is, so no worries using it at night. The unit can be hooked up to your vehicle's 12V system, and it has an integrated USB port that can be used to charge your smartphone at the same time.

So there you go. If you have a motorcycle with a big windshield, this may make your motorcycle trips easier and safer. Now, where do I get my hands on such a unit to test out?

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