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August 1, 2013

TOM'S CORNER: From the America's Car Show newsroom

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Niagara Gazette — Consumers need to download Garmin’s $29 and up StreetPilot and Navigon applications, which are available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8. One downside is that the system needs the special film, so users won’t be able to easily move the Garmin HUD system from car to car.

Derived from aircrafts, heads up technology is hardly new — GM in particular, has used it for more than 25 years. But it’s generally reserved for high-end cars. Garmin is the first major firm to offer the technology as a relatively low cost aftermarket item. Garmin says that HUD will hit the market in the next couple of weeks. Another company called Flir sold a thermal imaging system designed for in car use but it was too expensive for consumers to justify spending the money on, consequently Flir dropped the in car technology and pursued other thermo imaging applications.

Well, that about wraps up another edition of America’s Car Show News!

‘Til next time ... Keep Rollin’

"America's Car Show" with Tom Torbjornsen airs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on WBBZ-TV.

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