Heads up display

HBS Guy

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I had my TomTom satnav on the dashboard. Convenient for me but I think the sun fried it. Will buy another device and have that hanging from the center a/c vents.

That means the VERY convenient Road Speed Limit : My actual speed won’t be so visible.

Enter the heads up display, projects the speed onto the windscreen with time and distance travelled etc. $69. Can’t see why I wouldn’t get it. Will fry eventually, but $69 every 3-4 years isn’t much.

https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/gps-ca...hsdzlJmptxFr4NZyA1apRut6o3LCnvrUaAhbOEALw_wcB
 

johnsmith

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have a friend that got one and more than made up for the cost in savings on speeding tickets he no longer gets
 

HBS Guy

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Yeah, the TomTom warns if you are speeding so no speeding tickets for a while. If it is not in as convenient a position the HUD will be useful. Found one has got a fatigue warning, important on long trips.
 

johnsmith

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Yeah, the TomTom warns if you are speeding so no speeding tickets for a while. If it is not in as convenient a position the HUD will be useful. Found one has got a fatigue warning, important on long trips.
mine saved me just the other week ... it beeped at me as i approached (i was doing about 5k's over the limit) a crest so I tapped my brakes and about 2 seconds after that I spotted the van with the speed camera ... I don't know how long it takes to get the ticket but since it was two weeks ago, I think my sat nav just saved me
 

HBS Guy

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Hmmm may be able to buy a HUD then put the TomTom in it.

One from Kogan would use up my front power socket—on long trips the car fridge is plugged into that. Mobile phone charging cord and the TomTom is powered from the socket in the console between the seats. Dashcam is powered directly from the battery.
 

HBS Guy

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Heh, watching a compilation of dash cam videos. Look here

Start at about 1.30 in.
 

HBS Guy

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Got the HUD. Was $49 with free postage. Probably more or less a toy but so what?

It did have a plug to go straight into one of my two power sockets. Hmmm, that one is for the fridge!

But I have an adapter in the console (the front socket is a bit awkwardly placed IMHIO) and that has two USB ports on the side. On one of the USB connectors there was a cable with nothing in the other end! (think it was a stupid little camera I never actually used but didn’t throw away (Dutch thriftiness)) so one USB port for the TomTom, one for the iphone charging cable then the plug for the HUD can go into the adaptor. So, should work out. The front power socket is only used when the fridge is plugged in and that doesn’t get in the way so fine.

Got a heavy cold (Thanks Mum!) so not trying it out yet. It is a cheapy but if it comes in useful once it is worth it!
 

HBS Guy

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Yeah, but not a novel corona virus, thank god!

Tried out the HUD just now: put it right in front of the steering wheel, the kph shows up nice and clear—can add other things to the display but think I will leave it nice and clear—have a TomTom after all for other details. The kph shows up a bit higher than most illustrations I have seen, visible looking straight ahead, exactly what you want from a HUD! Seems very sensitive but no big deal.

The TomTom and the HUD use GPS satellites to derive the speed of the car, much more accurate than the car speedometer—the amount of wear of your tyres can throw off the speedo. At higher speeds my speedo is about 10Km below my actual speed—this led to a truck overtaking us in Victoria that had to get back in the left lane fairly quickly—had to slam on the brakes or the truck would have swept us off the road!

I am sure the TomTom has saved me one or two speeding fines (esp in Vic where a freeway is suddenly 80kph—got at least one warming from the TomTom there.) If the HUD saves me from another all good.
 

HBS Guy

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Gave the HUD a run today. Worked surprisingly well but this one is a toy—when the TomTom said 109kpg the HUD said 116kph. WTF? They use the same satellites? At 50kph the HUD said 53kph.

Would like one that shows coolant temp, fuel gauge and maybe rpm or oil pressure.
 
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HBS Guy

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Got one. Bit over $100, fine. Does the essentials and is not LED—crisp images. Shows speed, battery voltage and coolant temp and I can set a fatique warning—2 hours. Gives accurate numbers. Be good. Still a toy but so what? Going downhill I will see the speed increase—no ticket for me! Same for accelerating, won’t overshoot target speed as much. Could save me money.
 

DonDeeHippy

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Got one. Bit over $100, fine. Does the essentials and is not LED—crisp images. Shows speed, battery voltage and coolant temp and I can set a fatique warning—2 hours. Gives accurate numbers. Be good. Still a toy but so what? Going downhill I will see the speed increase—no ticket for me! Same for accelerating, won’t overshoot target speed as much. Could save me money.
is it connected to the car electrics ? How does it read coolant temp ....

On a side... I find cruise control is the best thing for me keeping speed and not creep up, especially on long construction sites...QLD has double demerit and fines if you speed in these area's...
 

HBS Guy

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Before cruise control after a looong drive my right foot would be sore and cramped, now <Bliss> and just as well: Adel–Melb is 725Km/500miles.

Re coolant temp there is and I quote: an OBDII port is built into every car manufactured since 2008. I did a search “OBDII port 2010 Mazda 3” and BINGO! A YouTube showed exactly where the port was in my car. It communicates engine data. You can buy a OBDII scanner and analyse your engine performance and fault find.

Re speeding tickets, where the HUD shines (on the windscreen Monk!) is showing speed creeping up down a significant hill. After the long flat drive yesterday today I headed south—hill country. HUD did wonderful!
 

DonDeeHippy

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:jawdrop:jawdrop

Qld has double demrit? I thought that was only in NSW.
People who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence. This doesn’t just apply during holiday periods, but at any time of the year.

Note: If you are a Queensland licence holder and commit a traffic offence anywhere in Australia, demerit points may be applied and recorded on your traffic history as if the offence was committed in Queensland.

  • offences for speeding more than 20km/h over the speed limit
  • mobile phone offences
  • driver seatbelt offences
  • motorcycle helmet offences.
You don’t have to commit the same offence a second or subsequent time to receive double demerit points—the offence only needs to be within the same offence group.


Well I was told wrong.... Company I was working for where convinced it was school holidays and construction sites..... even though I was wrong though it's a good way to double check your speed....
 

DonDeeHippy

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Before cruise control after a looong drive my right foot would be sore and cramped, now <Bliss> and just as well: Adel–Melb is 725Km/500miles.

Re coolant temp there is and I quote: an OBDII port is built into every car manufactured since 2008. I did a search “OBDII port 2010 Mazda 3” and BINGO! A YouTube showed exactly where the port was in my car. It communicates engine data. You can buy a OBDII scanner and analyse your engine performance and fault find.

Re speeding tickets, where the HUD shines (on the windscreen Monk!) is showing speed creeping up down a significant hill. After the long flat drive yesterday today I headed south—hill country. HUD did wonderful!
Ahhh then the speed is probably from the port as well, that's why it different to the GPS speed, cars are always out, not the fault of the device....

OBD-II offers a standard way to access many types of data, including: Real-time parameters: RPM, speed, pedal position, spark advance, airflow rate, coolant temperature
 

johnsmith

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People who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence. This doesn’t just apply during holiday periods, but at any time of the year.

Note: If you are a Queensland licence holder and commit a traffic offence anywhere in Australia, demerit points may be applied and recorded on your traffic history as if the offence was committed in Queensland.

  • offences for speeding more than 20km/h over the speed limit
  • mobile phone offences
  • driver seatbelt offences
  • motorcycle helmet offences.
You don’t have to commit the same offence a second or subsequent time to receive double demerit points—the offence only needs to be within the same offence group.


Well I was told wrong.... Company I was working for where convinced it was school holidays and construction sites..... even though I was wrong though it's a good way to double check your speed....

I had no idea. I knew about double points for using mobile phones twice within a 12 month period because that is fairly new and has been in the media recently. But I had no idea it applied to the other stuff.
 

HBS Guy

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No, the present (toy) and the real one coming later this month the speed is from GPS satellites, hence my puzzlement as to how the toy HUD gets it wrong.

The TomTom may not have it 100% right but I go by that because:

1. I do not get overtaken much and then by obvious speeders etc

2. No traffic tickets in the 3 years I have had the thing

So, not too fast not too slow.

The REAL, pricier HUD has the cable to plug into the OBDII port.

Today was pretty warm, even in the Adelaide Hills it was 30°C, 32°C on the plains (part UHI of course, part lower elevation) and, as i thought might happen, the TomTom sulked, would not turn on. Thinking a light colored cotton cloth thrown over the HUD & TomTom (in clamshell) once parked might extend the life of the devices.
 

HBS Guy

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Got the new HUD. Thanks to the YouTube on the OBDII port on my car it took just a few seconds to plug the cable into that port—no other power supply needed.
 
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