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App Claims to Make Driving Safer

The term 'joy ride' does not apply when it's pouring and the wind is howling.  The best strategy is to simply avoid driving in it, but that isn't always an option.

According to the World Healthy Organization, 350 people die every day across the globe as a result of low visibility conditions on the road.

Well, there's a new app developed by a Russian company that claims to make driving in such conditions safer.

First, take sat-navs.  They are great for navigating unfamiliar locations, but it can be difficult for drivers to focus on the road when they are trying to read directions on a sat-nav device at the same time.

That is until the invention of the Hudway app. 

Its inventors say the app is 'a unique application for the smartphone that allows drivers to focus on the road, keep hands on the wheel and mind on driving.'

The app uses a smartphone as a projection device to beam the projections from its app onto a car's windshield so that drivers no longer have to look down while they drive.

The Hudway app adds an augmented reality element to the windshield without users having to spend a penny, as the app is free.  Also, no special glass coverings for the car are needed.

Here is how you use it... just place your phone on the dashboard and secure it in some way.  Then enable the app to beam a visual of the road onto the windshield.

Sharp turns are highlighted in red, and road markers are displayed.  This helps drivers measure the distance before the next big turn, and this is particularly helpful in severe fog or at night, when visibility can be limited.

The app inventors also say that Internet isn't required for the duration of a car trip.  Users can set up a route on the app and pre-load a map from Google beforehand.

The firm has developed the app in a bid to reduce accidents as a result of poor weather conditions.


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