These heads-up displays can help you drive safer

Published July 21, 2018 7:00AM (EDT)

Distracted driving causes up to 25% of motor vehicle fatalities. That’s a sobering statistic, especially when you need your smartphone for navigation (or just for keeping your favorite tunes pumping when you hit the road). Luckily, Hudly has your back: they’re a Kickstarter-driven company that’s been creating safer driving products that won’t make you sacrifice your smartphone since 2015. Their Wireless Smart Driving Display and Lite Display are making waves in the automotive safety arena. Here are some of the ways these HUDs can help you arrive without incident.

Wireless, Hands-Free Information

Both Hudly units eschew the conventions of standard car mounts and dashboard navigation systems by projecting must-know info directly in your line of sight. With the Wireless Smart Driving Display, you’ll access step-by-step driving directions, texts, calls, music and more onto a translucent display that lets you simultaneously view the road. It connects to your smartphone and turns your phone’s screen into a secondary control panel effortlessly through its own WiFi network, and you can even interact with your apps via voice controls for greater wireless freedom.

The Hudly Lite is a pared-down driving display that keeps essential info, like your car’s speed and RPMs, in the foreground, and leaves hard-to-read speedometers in the dust. It also alerts you with a chime if you’re speeding. You don’t need a smartphone to use the Hudly Lite: just plug it into your car’s OBD2 port and let the device take care of the rest.

Best-In-Class Display

The Hudly Wireless Smart Driving Display uses a 6.2-inch flat panel to project high-resolution images on to a clear flat panel to achieve a 1:1 reflection. It’s engineered to have the widest viewing angle on the market, so it can rotate without compromising the quality, color or clarity of the image. It also adjusts its brightness for premiere safety during the day or at night.

The Hudly Lite uses the same best-in-class resolution as its powerful sibling to deliver crystal-clear driving information. It also adjusts its brightness based on external lighting, so you’ll know your speed during a daytime commute or a nightlong road trip.


Heads-up displays are becoming more common: many new luxury cars have them auto-installed for flawless safety integration. But if you can’t afford a luxury car, Hudly can help you out at two price points.

Looking for a HUD that has all the basics plus some great extras? The Wireless Smart Driving Display usually retails for $349, but right now you can link up your smartphone to your HUD for just $259.

If you’re in the market for something simpler, the Hudly Lite’s “just the facts, ma’am” sensibility makes it great for older drivers or anyone who turns into a leadfoot on long trips. It normally retails for $99, but you can snag it now for a mere $59.

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