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The cold winter day will soon make way to warmer spring days, and for many of us, that means it is spring break time. Spring break has long been a time for family road trips and adventures. We are planning our own spring break road trip and I'm still trying to decide if we are going to go east out to Arizona or up to Northern California. We fell in love with a little town near Monterey, California that is about an eight-hour drive away. For us, that is the perfect road trip length. Totally doable in a day with a couple breaks along the way to stretch our legs. This is a sponsored post.
Another thing that makes road trips better is taking them in a smart car, a car that has Navdy installed in it.
Navdy is the world’s first Augmented Driving© device for your car that lets you Look Forward© while Staying Connected©. Navdy is more than a new display, more than a new UI, and more than a new platform for Apps—it’s an experience that makes driving more enjoyable and safer.
We were really excited to experience Navdy ourselves. We had planned to install it in my mother's Lexus that doesn't have a navigation unit, but once Pete saw all of the features Navdy has, we decided to use it in his car even though it already had a navigation unit. We did this because Navdy goes beyond the traditional navigation installed in cars with some features that will make you question how you went so long without it!
Here are our favorite Navdy features:
Look Forward© Display: This is one of the coolest things. Navdy projects information right onto your windshield in rich, full color, that is transparent so the road stays in focus and your eyes never have to leave it. It is the most advanced display on the road.
Intuitive Interface: Navdy Hand Gestures are the most natural way to accept a call or message with the simple wave of your hand. The Navdy Dial is the most intuitive way to scroll, zoom and navigate menus fluidly. The Dial also serves as a convenient way to access Siri® and Google Now®. With Navdy, you won't ever have to hunt through rows of buttons or look down to poke at a touch screen while driving.
Never Miss a Turn: Navdy’s Projected Navigation© system is powered by Google Maps® – with maps and directions appearing right in front of you so you’ll never miss a turn again. Only Navdy offers full dynamic maps as a transparent image without obstructing your view of the road. It’s as easy as following the car in front of you and uniquely immersive. With its own high precision GPS chip and local storage of maps, drivers don’t have to worry about losing navigation if they are out of network coverage. This is something that is really going to help us when we are traveling in areas we are not familiar with on vacations.
Stay Connected: Navdy connects to your cell phone and lets you make and receive calls, listen to messages, control music, receive calendar reminders and stay connected to the apps on your phone. Navdy also connects to your car with Navdy Dash through your car's OBD II port to show your speed, RPM and automatically recommend nearby gas stations when your fuel level is low.
Portable and Storable: Navdy works in any car with Navdy’s magnetic mounting system. This makes it effortless to take with you on trips or store it in the glove box. So often rental cars with navigation are unaffordably expensive and with Navdy we never have to think about that again. We just pack our Navdy with us and bring it along.
Easy Setup: navdy is very easy for anyone to set up and get rolling without tools in around 15 minutes. It took Pete even less time to set it up and he found it to be very easy to operate immediately after he installed it. He used the magnetic strips to mount the unit and then attached the dials to the steering wheel. It was that simple.
Thoughtful Design: Navdy just looks great! It is crafted from premium materials that blend in seamlessly with your car, adding a touch of sophistication. It looks like it was specially made for our car and doesn't stick out as something we just attached on the go.
Here is an overview of how awesome Navdy is:
The more we use Navdy, the more ways I see how useful it is. In addition to using in your everyday car, this would also be something that parents would want their teen drivers to have. It would help them never look away from the road, while still offering them tools to be the best driver they can be.
Navdy is now available for as low as $499 or $28/month for 18 months at 0% financing on www.navdy.com . The app that works with Navdy is compatible with iOS 9 and 10, and Android Jelly Bean (4.1) or newer.