Navdy: Feels Like Driving in the Future with Adam Lisagor

Navdy is a device with a sweet app interface that kind of overlays your car windshield. Rather than getting wordy to describe it, it’s better if you just watch the video—as seeing is believing.

Of course, Sandwich Video shows off the product with absolute excellence. And Navdy practically speaks for itself in Adam’s demo. Their site makes some of the best use of modern web design trends. If I didn’t know better, I would say this is a product of brilliant, young minds in San Francisco, or something.

The Navdy apps feel like a ‘version 1.0’ and that’s probably because they are, but if they are as reliable as they appear to be in the video then that’s not a bad thing. The market space this fills parallels the Nest thermostat in so many ways, and if the Nest could make it then I have no doubt the Navdy will. The Navdy developers have the media eating out of their hand at the moment.

If you ask me, cars that have fancy dashboard screens won’t find as much use for the Navdy. And if you are accustomed to docking your phone (over a vent or something) near your steering wheel, then you know that you can get a lot of mileage from the phone without another screen component. My new Hyundai Elantra has an external screen, and it’s helpful in its own right, but it doesn’t fascilitate messaging, tweeting, and GPS navigation as well as the Navdy can. Oh, and my Elantra’s interface is never getting gesture controls.

To put it simply, if you have a luxurious car with a state-of-the-art built-in screen, then the Navdy is probably too redundant for you. But, if you are one of the millions and millions of drivers that won’t have a fancy display built-in your car anytime soon, the Navdy could become your favorite device. (Just be sure to hide it when you’re not in your car, or else it’s most defintely going to be stolen—sitting on your dashboard is just asking for it.)

The Navdy ships in early 2015. Pre-order now for $299 at Navdy.com.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.