Since I’ve been using Navdy, however, I’ve been pondering an interesting question, “How connected do you need to be while driving?” Do we really need to get Facebook notifications or text message notifications while we are driving? The answer is surely no; but for some people who will text and drive anyway, Navdy is a much safer and hands-free option, while always keeping your eyes on the road. Thankfully, however, the smartphone notifications are completely optional and you can turn them off if you wish, leaving you with simply GPS navigation and your car’s diagnostic information.
You are also able to pick and choose which apps you want Navdy to show notifications from, so if you don’t want Facebook notifications, but you do want Facebook Messenger notifications, go right ahead! Customizing Navdy’s notification settings is very simple within the free Navdy app.
As a result of how proud they are of their software, the development team is constantly releasing patches for their operating system. As of now, they’re up to version 1.2. Version 1.1 brought with it voice activation, which allows you to use Siri or Google Now, depending on whether your smartphone is an iPhone or an Android device. This feature allows you to search for a destination with just your voice. Version 1.2 brought with it the implementation of Glympse, which is a simple way to share your location and ETA with friends and family.
Check out the gallery below of app screenshots:
When I first heard about Navdy, I was a skeptic. I thought, how could it possibly project an image onto the road that’s bright enough to see in full sunlight during the day? After setting it up, I was immediately impressed. First, I was impressed with how easy the setup was, and second, at how well the display actually works. It automatically brightens and dims depending on the lighting conditions, but it has always been easily readable even in full sunlight. The hardware is top-notch and has a very high build-quality and high-end feel to it.
The dial is a perfect example of the high-end feel, as it’s soft to the touch but you’re able to control it easily with your thumb, one turn of the dial at a time. It’s something you have to feel to understand. After a number of long drives, I noticed that I was looking away from the road less often because of the information that was being provided to me on the road itself. Once I used Navdy every day for a few weeks, I’m a believer.
After speaking with Navdy, I understand how passionate they are about their product and see that their #1 goal is for their users to have an outstanding driving experience. There have been over 20,000,000 miles driven by Navdy users, and I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. If you’re looking for a heads-up display for your car, Navdy should be your first stop as it really does keep your eyes on the road at all times, and that leads to safer roads for everybody.
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Source: Navdy was a manufacturer provided review sample.
What I Like: Excellent build quality; Quick & easy installation; Great user experience; Unique display and input methods; Great customer support; Offline maps; Complete smartphone integration; Keeps your eyes on the road
What Needs Improvement: The ability to use third-party navigation software like Waze would be an improvement