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Roav: the newest heads-up car display is hella cool

(TECH NEWS) There’s another new device that wants to help you keep your eyes on the road without missing a call, text, or navigation turn. It’s Roav and it’s frickin’ cool.

Most of us have to be hands-free now

Many states now have laws in place to penalize you if you text or talk while you’re driving. Taking your eyes of the road, even for a second, is dangerous. We all know this, but if we’re honest, most of us have snuck a text or two at a red light or stop sign.

There are also those unfortunate times navigation fails and we need to re-adjust for traffic or accidents and take our eyes off the road again. While this is never ideal, it is sometimes unfortunately necessary. Now there’s another new device that wants to help you keep your eyes on the road without missing a call, text, or navigation turn.

HUD, you say?

Two years ago, we brought you news of Navdy, a revolutionary head-up display (HUD) that allows you to utilize your turn-by-turn navigation, apps, and place calls all without taking your eyes off the road. The device mounts on top of the driver’s side dashboard and will wirelessly sync with your phone to project an image on a five inch transparent display. This gives the illusion that all the relevant information is floating on your windshield, easy to read, with no need to take your eyes off the road.


What the Roav does better

Now, there’s another HUD unit looking to be Navdy’s competition. Roav is a hella cool HUD quite similar to Navdy, but with a few additional features. Anker is set to release Roav in November and it will come with a 4G connection to display real-time traffic information, along with your car’s current fuel status navigation details, caller info, as well as the ability to connect to your vehicle’s dash and rear cameras. If Roav senses any physical objects around the vehicle it’ll notify you on the display. Pretty cool, huh?

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The takeaway

The device seems to operate much in the same way that Navdy does. According to TechCrunch, the device will be controlled through voice commands and a controller mounted on the steering wheel. This allows you to effectively control the device without ever taking your eyes off the road.

The additional ability to connect to cameras and offer real-time updates with cellular connectivity could give Navdy some competition. When Roav launches in November, we’ll receive a full list of product details and specs. Until then, this new HUD could quickly become the crowd favorite because of its 4G offering.


Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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