There are 3 important functional differences between HUDWAY Drive and HUDWAY Cast.
HUDWAY Cast (left) & HUDWAY Drive (right)
Both HUDWAY Cast and HUDWAY Drive can mirror the screen of a smartphone and so basically, act as a second screen. However, HUDWAY Drive has a built-in Bluetooth chip that allows to quickly fetch necessary data from a smartphone and visualized it to HUD. This type of connection (Bluetooth Low Energy connection) has its great advantages:
- phone screen can be locked while transmitting the data to HUD
- device automatically reconnects to the phone when you get back in the car
- your phone can simultaneously be paired to any other Bluetooth device (headset, voice assistant button, car speakers, CarPlay, smart watch, etc).
Compared to HUDWAY Cast, HUDWAY Drive lost the ability to wired connect to a vehicle OBD-II port and a smartphone. Also, there are no speakers in it. In return for it, HUDWAY Drive got a video input port (CVBS) which is used to connect external cameras to the device.
By default, HUDWAY Drive app uses navigation and routes provided by MapBox. HUDWAY Cast app is based on OSM (OpenStreetMap) with additional information from other sources.
Here is a complete comparison:
|HUDWAY Drive||HUDWAY Cast|
|5V ~ 17V (1.5A) DC||12V DC|
|Power supply type|
|USB 2.0 Type-A to micro USB.||Cigarette lighter power cable, OBD-II power cable.|
|Connection to phone|
BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) – set automatically, only dedicated app.
HUDWAY Drive mirroring protocol – set manually, display smartphone screen as is.
Miracast protocol – set manually, display smartphone screen as is.
Airplay/ Miracast protocol – set manually, display smartphone screen as is.
Wifi direct – set manually, only dedicated app
Screen Recording – set manually, display smartphone screen as is.
Wired:Via OTG Cable - display smartphone screen as it is.
|iPhones and Android 6 or later||iPhones and Android 6 or later|
|Can smartphone screen be turned off?|
|Yes, while using BLE connection||no|
|Simultaneous connection to CarPlay, Android Auto, Car speakers|
|Specially designed software|
|HUDWAY Drive app (iPhone, Android)
Navigation based on Mapbox
|HUDWAY Cast app (iPhone, Android)
Navigation based on OSM
While using BLE connection (Mapbox navigation, speed, and notifications are streamed to the heads-up lens and on the phone screen any app can be opened).
Inside the HUDWAY Cast app (navigation is streamed to the heads-up lens and the interface to quickly manage calls, messages, music, and widgets are displayed on the phone screen).
|Usage without phone|
|to display car data from an OBD II Bluetooth scanner||to display car data from an OBD II port|
|Built-in GPS chip|
|Fetching vehicle data|
|OBD-II Bluetooth scanner wirelessly connected to HUDWAY Drive (RPM, Speed, Voltage, Temperature of the engine coolant, fuel consumption and etc.)||OBD-II power cable (RPM, Speed)|
|7.3 x 6.4 х 4 in | 18.5 x 16.2 х 10 cm||6.36x 3.97 in; 3.61 in high | 16.2 x 15.9 cm; 11.5 cm high|
|Inputs or outputs on the device|
Power input - Micro USB DC 5V ~ 17V (1.5A)Video input - CVBS (RCA)
Power inputUSB port B OTG
|ARM Cortex-A7 Quad||Other|