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Real GPS HUD Info For Any Motorcycle

18
February
2011
  Posted at 01:00:00 PM
  File under  Gadgets GPS
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

Technology is going really fast, and new applications are being added every day. The latest comes from Route 66 Open link in a new window, together with Dutch GPS manufacturer TomTom Open link in a new window.

What the partnership will offer you, on Android smartphones for the time being, is the ability to use the GPS safely while riding your motorcycle (or car). Using the onboard camera of the Android based smartphone, and using Augmented Reality Open link in a new window (AR), you get to see your navigation information by actually seeing the road ahead of you through the screen, and by following a virtual car.

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It makes a lot of sense. Although GPS technology is heaven sent on a motorcycle, it is also a danger. Once you move your eyes away from the road to look at the GPS, you are in danger. Anything can happen in front of you.

The Route 66 app changes all that. When you look down to your phone in order to see the GPS instructions, you still get to see what is ahead of you, thanks to the camera and video. Having a virtual vehicle in front of you guiding you where to go, is not a bad idea either. You just follow the vehicle. My only concern is what happens if there's a real vehicle where the virtual one is, and its driving slower. You could easily run into it.

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Anyway, it's interesting technology, something that could make our lives easier and safer on our motorcycles. Have a look at the video below.

No price or availablity have been announced, but expect this app shortly.

It's like having a HUDA head-up display or heads-up display (HUD) is any transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. The origin of the name stems from the pilots being able to view information with heads "up" and looking forward, instead of angled down looking at lower instruments. on your motorcycle (or car). Now the only thing missing is some sidewinder missiles and crosshairs on the display.

Click here to access Route 66 web site Open link in a new window.

Route 66 Follow Me (1 minute 39 seconds)

     
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Via: Engadget



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