Navigating Road Trips Made Easier

September 4, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. navigation [nav-i-GEY-shuh n] (n.) – the process of getting directions while travelling
Example Experienced travellers are good at navigation.

2. inconvenience [in-kuh n-VEEN-yuh ns] (n.) – the state of having problems or difficulty
Example: Having no map while travelling in a foreign place is a major inconvenience.

3. smartphone [SMAHRT-fohn] (n.) – a cell phone with internet access and other computer functions
Example: Anna uses her smartphone for downloading and uploading files.

4. available [uh-vey-luh-buh l] (adj.) – can be readily used
Example: The products displayed outside the counter are available for purchase.

5. complementary [kom-pluh-MEN-tuh-ree, -tree] (adj.) – used to work together with another object
Example: MP3 players and earphones are complementary devices.


Read the text below.
A navigation specialist called Garmin has launched a new device that shows directions right on the car’s windshield.

Garmin developed the new head-up display (HUD) to get rid of the inconveniences caused by the smartphone’s GPS. With GPS, drivers often experience problems due to its soft sounded instructions and the hassle of plugging the device into the car.

The Garmin HUD is a small, rectangular wireless device that is connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. It displays navigation directly on the windshield of the car. Because of this feature, the driver does not have to look away from the road to check the information for directions.

Johan Broer, a media specialist from Garmin, told ABC News about the convenience and safety that the HUD can bring. According to Broer, using the device can be less distracting for drivers since it requires less time to look at the information needed for the navigation.

Although the device has its good features, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not yet authorized Garmin to sell the new HUD. However, Broer assures that the company is following a standard procedure for all its devices.

Once the FCC approves HUD’s release, the device will be available for an affordable price of $129.99; HUD installation normally costs thousands of dollars. However, customers must also pay for the installment of the Navigon or Garmin StreetPilot apps on their smartphones. Installing the complementary app may cost an additional $29.99 to $59.99, depending on the regions where the device will be used.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Given the chance, would you use the HUD developed by Garmin? Why or why not?
·         Do you agree that using such device is safe? Why do you say so?

Discussion B

·         How can people prevent themselves from getting distracted while driving?
·         How can people ensure their safety while driving?


September 4, 2013