Head-up display technology contributes towards safe driving by displaying useful information in high resolution within the driver's direct line of sight, which means he doesn't have to take his eyes off the road to follow directions.
All information shown on the NavGate HUD has been carefully selected for usefulness and low distraction. Simple instructions allow the driver to fully focus on the road ahead. Aside from showing turn-by-turn directions, the unit is able to display a clock, the current speed and speed limits, speed and red light camera warnings, the distance to the destination, as well as the estimated time of arrival. To provide better vision and reduce power consumption, the NavGate HUD incorporates light sensors which automatically adjust the brightness of the projections according to the amount of light.
Pioneer's NavGate HUD supports various smartphones, which connect to the unit via USB. To control the NavGate HUD, the user has to install the CoPilot or iGO primo smartphone apps and activate the HUD function through in-app purchase. Both apps offer voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, which can be heard through the smartphone speaker or through a Bluetooth car stereo. Any music that's being played through the mobile device or car speakers will be faded out before the voice starts giving directions. Even while the driver is calling or using other apps, the NavGate HUD will display the navigation instructions.
The NavGate HUD will be available from October 2013 at Pioneer car audio dealerships.