The head-up display, or HUD, is not a new concept in cars. The sometimes-gimmicky displays have been outfitted to vehicles for years, but to date, none have swept the car-buying masses off their feet. Perhaps until now.
Meet the Exploride, an aftermarket head-up display that sits on the top of your dashboard, connects to your cell phone, runs map and infotainment apps, and responds to your hand gestures.
The team behind Exploride recently began crowdfunding production costs of its sleek HUD on Indiegogo, and after only eight days, the group has raised over $156,000…significantly more than their $100,000 goal. Take a look at how Exploride works, below.
Though perhaps not the must-have gadget for cars with pre-existing infotainment systems, the Exploride HUD can add infotainment features to cars without them, and in a way that dramatically reduces driver distraction.
The six-inch see-through screen can stream music apps like Pandora and Spotify, display turn-by-turn directions through Google Maps, connect to your car’s OBD II system to show vehicle diagnostic data, record dashcam footage, handle hands-free calling, and even act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your car thanks to its built-in 4G LTE connectivity.
The cost? Crowdfunders who contribute now can net the Exploride with 5GB of cloud storage, an OBD II adapter, and charger cord for $269. After finalized testing concludes, the company expects to ship the head-up displays in January 2016.