Hudway Glass, the $50 Gadget to Curb Distracted Driving

Heads up, phones down.

Hudway

Another day, another Kickstarter. Keeping with the latest trend of projects that cleverly—and cheaply—bring older cars into the era of in-car connectivity, we have Hudway Glass. The product is less an actual gadget than a little bit of hardware that turns your smartphone into a bootleg head-up-display.

What amounts to a clamshell of plastic and curved glass essentially reflects your smartphone screen. Placed on top of the gauge cluster, it sits within your field of peripheral vision. Hudway has produced a few apps of their own as well as partnering with other map-app companies—all with an eye toward maximizing drivers’ display options. Given that Hudway creates a reflection, each of the apps have to mirror the phone screen in order display properly on the head-up-display. Screens may simply reflect your speed, or more robust information such as forward hazards or the curvature of the road just out of view.

Is it necessary? Not really. A windshield-mounted smartphone will fulfill the same tasks, but there may be an unintended benefit of the Hudway. By requiring the phone to be placed in a face-up position high on the dash, the solution keeps a phone out of reach for text messaging or a quick game of Candy Crush. This is undoubtedly a good thing.

The Hudway Glass is available for $49.