Automotive
IScout lets drivers scout out the road ahead safely

Heads-up displays (HUDs) are becoming increasingly popular devices because they allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road while getting navigation and other useful information about their cars and the road ahead.

patent-claimedIScout is a standalone, patent-pending HUD that provides information including car speed, fuel level and GPS navigation as a floating virtual image in front of the vehicle. It works in conjunction with an Android and iOS mobile device app, enabling iScout to also display incoming calls, messages, reminders and social media content.

The device ships this November in a Platinum Edition and slimmer Ray Edition, each one in a Basic version at $449 and Premium version at $499. But Kickstarter backers can get them at lower pricing: $269 for the basic versions and $299 for the premium versions. The basic versions each have one infrared camera facing towards the driver and a rear-facing dash camera. The premium versions each add two cameras on the sides for blind-spot detection. IScout’s makers are out to raise $50,000 by June 26.

IScout follows several similar products, including Carloudy. But the multiple cameras may give iScout –- especially the premium versions –- an edge over at least some rival products. Its makers also say iScout’s photochromic screen makes it easy to see the display on a bright, sunny day. The screen dims according to the light intensity, allowing users to view their content easily.

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