Heads up!—Garmin transitions from Nuvi to new cars.
This mountainously monikered K2 architecture is designed to drive multiple display screens (including head-up displays), over CAN, MOST, or whatever network setup a manufacturer selects using an internet connection provided by a brought-in smart phone or a built-in 4G modem. The typical Garmin touch-screen control is generally provided, but iDrive, COMAND, or other HMI gizmos can control it as well. The audio preset buttons incorporate infrared proximity sensors so that when your finger approaches the buttons, the display brings up the station info corresponding to each preset button.
Simple voice-commands like navigation entry, temperature controls, etc. are handled by on-board voice recognition, while more conversational Siri-type requests (“What’s the weather going to be on Friday?”) are processed in the cloud. Real-time traffic, parking, sports scores, news, weather, etc. can be provided either via the manufacturer’s suppliers or via Garmin Smartphone Link. There is no current connection to social traffic crowdsourcing apps like Waze, but adding that functionality is easily accomplished. Text and email messages can be read aloud and responded to via voice, and when connected to a smartphone’s calendar, the navigation system can detect when you’re going to be late for an appointment and offer to send an automatic message to the organizer with an estimated time of arrival. Cool.
Meanwhile, the Nuvi lineup of portable nav systems soldiers on (I still love using mine as an accurate speedometer and arrival-time estimator when driving my old cars), with a cool new head-up display unit entering the market this summer. The projector mounts on the dash and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone running Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps to project turn-by-turn navigation and other information either onto a film you apply to the windshield, or onto a clear screen. The price? An amazingly low $129.99.
Source: Motor Trend