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Navdy (navdy.com)

5 years ago from , Designer & Developer

27 comments

  • Paul DessertPaul Dessert, 5 years ago

    It still seems very distracting. AFAIK, it's not the act of holding a phone that is the problem, it's multitasking that's a problem. With this, you're still shifting your focus from the road, to the text message.

    8 points
    • John LeschinskiJohn Leschinski, 5 years ago

      Talking to a passenger, listening to the radio, and using in dash navigation are all multitasking distractions too. Keeping your view forward, even if looking at a HUD, is probably still better than glancing at your phone under the steering wheel.

      0 points
  • Jason BlockJason Block, 5 years ago

    I don't want to be encouraged to tweet while driving. Ever. EVER.

    I especially don't want anyone else on the road encouraged to imbibe in such distractions. We need to inform the public that it's OK to not take part in things besides driving while riving, not mask over the danger with a shiny little screen.

    4 points
    • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 5 years ago

      I fully agree.

      I think that along with this, we also should not allow eating, changing radio stations, adjusting seatbelts, or talking to passengers.

      0 points
      • Jason BlockJason Block, 5 years ago

        I sense some sarcasm here :)

        Nevertheless, I still think we're giving drivers more things to do that they shouldn't do when piloting a vehicle.

        0 points
        • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 5 years ago

          Haha definitely some sarcasm.

          I fully agree regarding using social media while driving - why would you be tweeting or facebook-ing while driving? What's the point? That said, I wonder if this company has done studies showing a safety increase between the normal usage of the phone vs with their device.

          There are tons of "safety awareness" campaigns out there trying to get people to stop fiddling with their phones while driving, but I have no idea their actual impact. Is there a benefit to something like this, that doesn't try to stop that usage but tries to make it safer, assuming that people will do what they want anyway?

          (I never did understand why it wasn't illegal to eat or put on makeup or do your hair or shave while driving though.)

          1 point
  • Removed AccountRemoved Account, 5 years ago

    Am I the only one who thought this was a joke?

    4 points
  • Jonny GarrillJonny Garrill, 5 years ago

    Seems cool, but really expensive. Couldn't something similar be done by just having an app with a reflected UI and a plastic mount for your phone, so it reflects off your windshield?

    3 points
  • Jack ColemanJack Coleman, 5 years ago

    Off-topic, but this is the same actor that's in the Robinhood video, funny racket to be in.

    3 points
  • Nick ZakharNick Zakhar, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Seems pretty irresponsible to create something like this without any extensive research and testing around whether their technology is more or less distracting than voice controls or even texting and driving. I was surprised to see they're already taking pre-orders, when I couldn't find any research made available by their company. . .

    One article sites a couple of studies that say HUD displays have their benefits, but ultimately can cause reduced peripheral vision, distance overestimation, and attention capture... which obviously means potential death on the road.

    http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/mobile-devices/navdys-answer-to-distracted-driving/d/d-id/1297802

    Here's another article on it from Mashable with a few quotes from the founder: http://mashable.com/2014/08/05/navdy-windshield-google-glass/

    It just seems like a whole lot of claims that it's safer, simply on the assumption that: being able to see the road while seeing a display is less distracting than putting your head down and looking at a phone.

    “Really bad things happen really quickly,” said Doug Simpson, 41, the CEO and co-founder of Navdy in an interview at our New York offices earlier this month. “If you’re going 60 miles an hour down the highway and you look down for four seconds to swipe to unlock your phone…you’ve just gone an entire football field blind. Seconds do count.”

    ... statistics work both way buddy, where's your numbers to indicate any sort of improvement?

    2 points
  • Shane McCleeryShane McCleery, 5 years ago

    Amidst all the hate for this, I think its at least an improvement, but there is no way in hell I'd pay over 300 bones for this. I'll just wait to get my next car with it built into the windshield.

    2 points
  • Rolando MurilloRolando Murillo, 5 years ago

    Texting and driving can get you killed.

    2 points
  • Benjamin MouchBenjamin Mouch, 5 years ago

    Weird thing to focus in on, but for some reason I can't look away from the texture on the illustrations. It just makes them look like they are covered in dust. And that extends to when they show the iPhone and Android phone with their device.

    1 point
  • Phil RauPhil Rau, 5 years ago

    You could also do this for $20

    1 point
  • Jason LiJason Li, 5 years ago

    Wait...thats not a Bentley.

    0 points
  • Dustin KemperDustin Kemper, 5 years ago

    Have to say, I'm a fan of Adam's videos.

    Bonus points for the 'SANDWCH' vanity plate.

    0 points
  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, 5 years ago

    Adam makes the best videos.

    0 points
  • Joe FritzJoe Fritz, 5 years ago

    Can't get over the Adam Lisagor in a Ford Fusion with the Bentley logo on it in the video.

    0 points