Japan’s Pioneer Corp. has unveiled its new navigation system, dubbed “Cyber Navi,” which will go on sale this July. The system works by allowing the driver to see navigation and directional information as if it were being projected onto the windshield. The device attaches to the driver-side sun visor and a rectangular translucent plate flips down. Serving as a small color screen roughly 3 meters in front of the driver, the 90 centimeter by 30 centimeter display resides at eye-level, between the driver’s face and windshield.
The driver will now be able to keep their eyes focused on the road in front of them, instead of having to down or to the side at a GPS device mounted on the dashboard. The Cyber Navi shows everything from turn-by-turn directions, amount of distance to travel, overhead maps, and expected arrival time. Pioneer says it can be installed on almost 70% of current cars on the road, but no manufacturers or models have been specified yet. The new navigation system, including the fold-down display will be available in two versions, and are expected to be priced between 300,000 and 320,000 yen (approx. $3,760 to $4,015). However, there’s still no word on if or when they will be available outside of Japan.
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