Summary

Review Price £600.00

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

Hands-on: Pioneer NavGate HUD

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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