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JVC Kenwood's Heads-Up Nav System Keeps Your Eyes On the Road

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Sure, in-car GPS navigation systems make it easier to know where you're headed. But it's all for naught if you're so distracted checking the map that you end up rear-ending someone. So to help ensure you're at least keeping one eye on the road, JVC Kenwood's new MDV-737HUD nav system includes a see-through heads-up display that sits right next to your rear-view mirror.

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A more traditional and highly detailed map is still available via a pop-out LCD display in the dashboard, but the smaller HUD, which uses the same LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology as a projector, provides simplified directions and easy-to-read instructions. So not only are the driver's eyes still on the road, the information being provided is easier to instantly comprehend.

Of course if you couldn't care less about distracted driving, the large LCD display on the base unit can also be used to watch TV, play DVDs, or serve as a speakerphone for your handset. And what would you expect to pay to (kind of) make your fighter pilot dreams come true? JVC Kenwood has priced the MDV-737HUD at around $2,500, so start saving your pennies Maverick.

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I don't see the gain here. You're still taking your eyes off the road by looking up near the rear view mirror anyway, and the only thing behind that display would be the sky anyway. You'd be just as well off mounting your opaque 3rd party nav system up there next to the rear view mirror. Until these systems are placed in or closer to the line of sight, I don't think you're gaining anything.