Harry here. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea takes a look at a new technology for rideshare drivers called Navdy. It’s a heads up display unit with a lot of potential to make driving safer and easier.
Whenever I hear about “new technology” in the context of rideshare, it always seems centered around self-driving cars (and how we are doomed). But I think there’s a big market for technology that makes driving simpler and safer for humans, today. Especially since rideshare driving involves shifting our focus between pings, passengers and more.
It would be cool to look through my sunglasses and see traffic conditions, passenger location, and police cars all by looking around in real-time (like in the F-35, but for traffic instead of MiG’s). And while we don’t have that quite yet, we’re actually a lot closer than you may think.
A few months ago, I met up with a company called Navdy and checked out their new product to see how it might help rideshare drivers. Right now, phones and cars are not really built to work together and, as rideshare drivers, this problem is exacerbated. But Navdy has developed an augmented reality device for the car you already own and the company’s goal is to essentially integrate your driving with your phone.