Hudway booth (2016 CES)

2016 CES: Smartphone turns into a heads-up display

The 2016 CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show, was held in Las Vegas from January 6 to 9. Many unique exhibits were in an area called “Eureka Park.”

The Eureka Park is where startups display their innovative products and services that large companies haven’t thought of yet; these products and services certainly attract many visitors.

At their booth, Hudway exhibited a car mounted with a heads-up display (HUD) on the dashboard. There were three HUDs. However, when you look at them closely, you’ll only see a smartphone on the dashboard.

New cars mounted with HUDs have been increasing. This technology is useful because users can read the information without having to look away from the road, thereby improving driver safety. For cars that don’t have HUDs, drivers can use the Hudway app on their smartphones and it can project car navigation like that of an HUD.

Download the app on your phone and build a route just like when using a normal car navigation system. Afterwards, all you have to do is put the smartphone on the dashboard (a reflector may be placed as an accessory) and it will be reflected onto the windshield. It is compatible with iPhone and Android phones and can be downloaded for free (there’s a fee for the service use.)

The Speedometer by Hudway is an application that displays the speed limit and lets the driver know whether they are about to exceed it. Meanwhile, the Hudway Glass will display the speed, road curvature, and other information just like an HUD.

A booth personnel confidently expressed the idea of this app: “All of the information being displayed uses the smartphone’s sensors. Who would have ever thought that you could drive safely while using a smartphone?”

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)