Navdy is a San Francisco-based company founded in 2012 by Doug Simpson and Karl Guttag. The company now offers its homonymous hardware product. The name is pretty straight-forward, it is a navigation display. Basically, as it is marketed, Navdy dashboard device is “Google Glass for your car, but without the glasses.”
Drivers are avid communication technology consumers, but this might take their eyes of the road. Too many near-accidents take place and Navdy wants to help prevent any casualties. This will be achieved by taking into account how a driver has to act while driving and offer the most suitable UI.
The device features a 5.1 inches projected display showing specific information from your smartphone. Navdy dashboard device is thus more than just a smartphone mirroring hardware piece. Navdy accepts orders through hand gestures and voice activation.
Android Car is one ecosystem getting prepared by Google. In the meantime, Apple works on Carplay, the company’s answer to a digitalized driving experience.
How will the Navdy dashboard device integrate in OS ecosystems?
So many devices are being released these days. But what about compatibility issues, as long as there are more than just a couple of competing operating systems?
“[Distribution] is a problem for every company, but it’s especially acute for hardware companies. Beyond that, pairing devices to our phones still isn’t easy. Bluetooth can be a bit janky. Overall, I think folks in the Valley discount how unnatural device pairing is for the average consumer,” Navdy investor Semil Shah of the Haystack fund, told VentureBeat via email.
Google is one of the pioneers in the domain of driverless cars. The tech giant developed and tested driverless cars, which come up with exciting results. Many accidents can be avoided when cars communicate with each other directly and efficiently. Until then, more than a couple of devices like Navdy are available for drivers, although Navdy is one of the most advanced.
So far, Navdy dashboard device will offer functions in three main areas, communication, navigation, and music. When the company will release a SDK, we expect other ingenious apps from third-party developers. The device can be controlled through hand gestures like pointing towards the display, or swiping to the left or right. Other functions expected from Navdy are related to diagnostics. Navdy dashboard device might be adjusted to offer useful information to the driver, including data related to the car’s status.