This New GPS Does Augmented Reality, Makes You Feel Like You’re in a Fighter Jet
By Kevin Lee
GPS systems have gotten a lot better over the years, with bigger screens and live traffic updates, but they’re still fundamentally flawed because you need to take your eyes off of the road directly ahead, even if you stick it onto the center of your windshield. Pioneer wants to fix this with its new Cyber Navi GPS system.
This new GPS system comes equipped with an augmented reality heads-up-display (HUD) that attaches directly to your sun visor. This laser-projected GPS micro-display, developed in collaboration with MicroVision, makes it appear that your route directions show directly on top of the road, letting you keep your eyes on the road at the same time.
On top of turns, the 35-by-12-inch (90-by-30-centimeter) HUD can also keep track of any speed-limit warnings, lane rules, your proximity to the vehicle ahead, and any other information relayed from the Bluetooth-equipped camera that clips to your rearview mirror. The camera also streams a live-view picture to a more traditional GPS LCD screen and super-imposes even more map information.
The Cyber Navi system will be released in Japan come July with two models 2 AVIC-ZH99HUD (¥300,000 or $3,755) and the AVIC-VH99HUD (¥320,000 or $4,006), which comes with a fancier screen that rises up to the dashboard. New tech is expensive tech after all. There is no word of a US release as of yet.