ave seen One of the most promising new iPhone accessories is finding plenty of investors after pre-order success.
I’ve blogged about Navdy before so you may the video, if you haven’t you should, its only a couple of minutes long. I’d love to road test one and see if it is as good as they say.
The price is great, given the current cost of Google Glasses, although by next year I’d be surprised if glasses haven’t dropped below the US$1,000 mark, but they’re still glasses right? I don’t even like wearing sunglasses, so having something on the windscreen is much more desirable, even just for the navigation function.
This is certainly a possible answer to the risks of distracted driving, at least in as much as you are still looking at and through your car windscreen. At the very least for conventional things we have always done in the car and their evolutions, such as car entertainment systems, it is much safer than it was in the past driving along and looking for a specific CD, taking it out of its case and inserting it, whist driving a car. However the fact that you can interface your favorite apps, could add more risk. In the last 3 weeks I have had 3 cars screech to a halt in front of me. One for no obvious reason, one because a duck decided to walk its ducklings across the free-flowing motorway average speed 90-110kmlh. The whole 3 lanes in front of me stopped 3 deep by the time I got there and yes they crossed safely, but it could have very easily been the next TV news story. The latest one was yesterday afternoon when a little dog decided to walk on the 4 lane road, without the slightest worry in the world. The person in front of me slammed on the anchors in the middle of the busy road, I managed to stop in time, inches away from the deep dings knowingly looking at me from her rear fenders. She then parked her car in the middle of the highway before seeing that there was now a parking lot behind her as the dog continued to play canine roulette down the hill.
The point is that in the instant it takes to look away from the road ahead, your life can change for ever. A device that means that you don’t have to do that any more has to be a good thing doesn’t it?
So Navdy, if you’re looking to head into the New Zealand car navigation market and want to know where people go for advice on what to buy. Google ‘What’s the best GPS nav for New Zealand’ and if its as good as you say it is, sent me a test unit:)