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#228820 24-Jan-2018 06:50
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Yesterday I blogged about the email I got from Navdy and also the news from someone who had read a previous blog I wrote about GPS navigation and routing and mentioned that I had a Navdy. 

 

I bought it on a Kickstarter project and waited for a year for my HUD to arrive and I loved it. It is one of the coolest gadgets I've owned. The site is still up if you don't know what a Navdy is. 

 

In December I decided to update the maps, which meant disconnecting it from the ODB2 Port and plugging it into my laptop to get the latest HERE ap dataset for NZ. The software appeared not to recognise that the device was thee. I knew the laptop saw it because it powered up through the USB cable.

 

I contacted tech support and they said to reinstall the software and I asked about the new update they had been promoting and the guy said there was no update, which was strange because their website said there was and it had some cool new features. 

 

Apparently it was known in October and my support call was in so I guess the tech support person was told they weren't allowed to mention what was going on.

 

What I can't believe is that such as awesome, award winning product could disappear a year or so after they were launched and that they are now effectively in receivership.

 

They say they are desperately looking for new owners, but my experience is that when receivers go in, they focus on making money for themselves and first line creditors which usually means the tax department.

 

The email said that in the next 2-3 weeks my Navdy may stop working (because part of the service is feeding things like Real Time Traffic information through my iPhone as a service. I don't know if the routing will continue to work, but one of the reasons I had been planning  to update the maps is because Waterview Tunnel is not in the current map set.

 

Anyway, I note there are people offering Navdy's for sale in NZ. They probably don't know they might stop working around the end of the month. But if you're tempted, don't.





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  #1945823 24-Jan-2018 07:41
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Neither Amazon nor Bestbuy links works, so you can't buy one now.

 

 


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  #1945835 24-Jan-2018 09:05
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My car which is nearly 3 years old has a HUD with some of Navdy's functionality as a standard factory option and the rest on the touchscreen (not as good but almost as good). 

 

If most manufacturers include HUD,t hen it paints grim future for an aftermarket device  stand alone.

 

At least they made sure it works with polarised sunnies.  Friends have a X5 and you cannot read the display if wearing polarised glasses yell





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  #1946261 24-Jan-2018 19:56
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My car came with a HUD, but it doesn't do navigation, just all the ODB2 data. It's very cool to have the nav right in front of you that you can see through as opposed to a seperate screen





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  #1946425 25-Jan-2018 09:30
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PDAMan:

 

My car came with a HUD, but it doesn't do navigation, just all the ODB2 data. It's very cool to have the nav right in front of you that you can see through as opposed to a seperate screen

 

 

Ours (2015 Mazda 3) puts the directions (arrows and lane choice schematics) on the HUD, with the speed and cruise control info.  It's monochrome (green)

 

I understand the 2017 update has a colour HUD with more info.  Still no missile lock though ...





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  #1946449 25-Jan-2018 09:54
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MikeAqua:

 

PDAMan:

 

My car came with a HUD, but it doesn't do navigation, just all the ODB2 data. It's very cool to have the nav right in front of you that you can see through as opposed to a seperate screen

 

 

Ours (2015 Mazda 3) puts the directions (arrows and lane choice schematics) on the HUD, with the speed and cruise control info.  It's monochrome (green)

 

I understand the 2017 update has a colour HUD with more info.  Still no missile lock though ...

 

 

Tetris seems to be the name of the game for easter eggs..... maybe its in there somewhere and you have to turn the steering wheel to move the blocks ;)

 

 





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  #1946632 25-Jan-2018 14:45
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That's cool. My car is a 1999 Corvette so the HUD is just engine management, oil pressure, speed etc. It's the nav I want. Desperately hoping that they either find a buyer or that it will continue to work with the old maps.

 

Are you pulling my leg with the Tetris Easter Egg? It would be funny but not. Haven't seen many tech Easter Eggs for a while, but I'm probably not uber geeky enough to know about them:)





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xpd:

 

Tetris seems to be the name of the game for easter eggs..... maybe its in there somewhere and you have to turn the steering wheel to move the blocks ;)

 

 

easter eggs?





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  #1946660 25-Jan-2018 15:08
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MikeAqua:

 

xpd:

 

Tetris seems to be the name of the game for easter eggs..... maybe its in there somewhere and you have to turn the steering wheel to move the blocks ;)

 

 

easter eggs?

 

 

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_(media)

 

 





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  #1946683 25-Jan-2018 15:23
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xpd:

 

MikeAqua:

 

xpd:

 

Tetris seems to be the name of the game for easter eggs..... maybe its in there somewhere and you have to turn the steering wheel to move the blocks ;)

 

 

easter eggs?

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_(media)

 

 

Thanks I was squinting at a Mazda logo trying to convince myself it looked like a partly eaten easter egg!





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