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Pioneer NavGate HUD

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Summary

Key Features

  • AR sat nav features
  • 29-inch widescreen viewing panel
  • Clearer directions
  • Controlled by any third-party app
  • Attaches to sun visor
  • Manufacturer: Pioneer
  • Review Price: £600.00

What is the Pioneer NavGate HUD?

The Pioneer Nav Gate HUD is a sat nav system that presents all the navigation data in front of your eyes via an augmented reality display. Available in October, you’ll get all the usual satnav functionality but without having to take your eyes off the road. At £600 it's far from cheap, but it's an interesting vision of what car navigation might be like in future.

Pioneer NavGate HUD – Design

The Pioneer NavGate HUD is an innovative sat nav design that provides at AR navigation experience via its widescreen HUD. It attaches to the your sun visor by a mini Velcro harness. By doing so it renders the sun visor completely useless, which may prove a problem in particularly sunny scenarios.

Although the viewing angles are pretty limited, once you’ve adjusted the HUD to suit your height and perspective the information displayed is very clear and easy to view.

Automatic sensors adjust the brightness of the display depending on how sunny it is. This is also a way for Pioneer to extend the battery life on the NavGate HUD.

The Pioneer NavGate HUD was situated in a rather dimly-lit corner of the IFA conference, so we’re intrigued to see how bright it is when driving around during the day.

Pioneer NavGate HUD – Features

The HUD presents the navigation content in a simple and very minimalist way, so as not to distract you from the road. Around the edges of the 29-inch widescreen display, you are presented with the time, speed limit for your current locale, how long it’s going to take you to get to your destination, details on the next direction to take, and a generic green navigation line in the centre.

Although it’s designed to work with the Pioneer CoPilot app, the NavGate HUD works with any third party map apps like the rather flawed Apple Maps or Google Maps.

Connecting to your smartphone via USB cable, we’re not quite sure yet how long the cable is or how it will affect those of you that use your smartphone as your in-car audio system. Pioneer has said that the NavGate HUD will still allow you to play music through the car’s speakers, also lowering the volume for any navigation announcements.

We’ll be interested to see how many wires will be hanging about when using the NavGate HUD, so we’ll have to find out when we get a unit in to review.

First Impressions

Available in October for £600, the Pioneer NavGate HUD is certainly an innovative concept for increasing road safety when using a sat nav. We are intrigued to find out how it fairs in bright sunlight, because otherwise this really is the future of in-car navigation.

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Jmac

September 10, 2013, 11:46 am

How is that a 29" screen??

torjs99

September 11, 2013, 9:16 am

its a 29" screen really far away

Prem Desai

September 11, 2013, 11:20 am

Looks interesting. Would need to see more pictures of it working.

The sun visor trick is plain daft. Pioneer ought to review that.

henryg

September 11, 2013, 12:37 pm

Road legal to use?

David

September 12, 2013, 3:54 pm

Attaches to the sun visor? By Velcro? They really haven't thought this through.

darpania

October 23, 2013, 10:50 am

I saw this mentioned on the latest Copilot android update and immediately I want one..... Lose my Visor... hmmm thats not good but ok can live with that..... £600 ouch stupidly expensive... but i want.. I want I want.... it's wired to the usb socket on your phone..... WTF.......
So as the reviewer stated thats a pile more cables over the dash or routed through the cabin, what they didnt mention was..... how are you going to charge your phone while its USB cable is connected to this...
I mean you could use Qi charging of course, like I do and bluetooth audio. But you know I spent the money on that gear so that my phone would be wirelessly connected to the car for audio and charge.. not to free up the usb socket for a peripheral.
Still I guess that screen must be really really battery efficient, cos thats the only reason I can think of why they would have assumed, adding a low power bluettooth connection would make a damn of difference to its battery life.....

Guest

December 31, 2013, 5:17 pm

Sold

Rajay Kumar

February 10, 2014, 7:04 pm

Yes, I am interested. Please email me at rajay.kumar@gmail.com and we can discuss this further. Thanks!

Guest

February 11, 2014, 7:56 pm

Now sold, sorry

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