Pioneer's New HUD Brings Augmented Reality to Cars for Less Than £1,000

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Just a couple of years ago, the idea of a device projecting information driving directions onto a car's windscreen seemed super futuristic. Now they're becoming a reality, with the European release of Pioneer's NavGate heads up display. Believe it or not, this one's actually pretty affordable.

The new but long awaited augmented reality NavGate system clips onto the driver's side visor and uses lasers to create an image that's equivalent to a 30 inch display placed about 15 feet in front of the vehicle. It displays everything from turn by turn directions and estimated time of arrival to the current speed and speed limits. It can also pair up with a smartphone and works with the CoPilot and iGo Primo navigation apps. BMW makes a similar system for some of its models, while other companies like Garmin and Cadillac offer more basic versions. If you're having a hard time imagining what all this might look like, rewatch RoboCop, and it should make more sense.

Pioneer's NavGate will be available in Europe next month for £600. [Pioneer via Engadget]