OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
worldwide leader in satellite navigation, today announced the new Garmin
Drive™ product line – easy-to-use portable navigation devices (PNDs)
specifically designed to help increase driver situational awareness. The
launch of this new lineup marks a significant step forward in the
evolution of PNDs from Garmin with four intuitively named models: Garmin
Drive™, Garmin DriveSmart™, Garmin DriveAssist™ and Garmin DriveLuxe™.
The 2016 Garmin Drive product line is being showcased in the Garmin
booth (South Hall 4 #35811) at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
“The most exciting development of the new Garmin Drive line is that
driver awareness features typically seen in luxury vehicles are now
accessible as an aftermarket solution for all drivers,” said Dan Bartel,
Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “There are many distractions
that drivers encounter while running errands, driving to work or taking
road trips. These new driver alerts can remove some of these burdens and
help drivers stay aware on the road.”
The entire Garmin Drive lineup boasts a number of driver alerts to
encourage safer driving and situational awareness. This includes
warnings for upcoming sharp curves, railroad or animal crossings, alerts
for users driving the wrong-way on a one-way street and more. Drivers
also receive red light and speed camera1 alerts as well as
vital timesaving traffic information with fast-approaching traffic jam
notifications.2 For longer routes, a fatigue warning alert
suggests potential break times and available rest areas or places to
In addition to the new driver awareness features, Garmin Drive
includes preloaded data from Foursquare® POIs, adding
millions of popular stores, restaurants and more. Various models offer
options for lifetime maps3 and traffic updates.4
Other features designed to simplify navigation include Garmin Real
Directions™, which guides drivers using recognizable landmarks,
buildings and traffic lights; and Easy Route Shaping that lets drivers
modify a route to include preferred cities or roads by touching the
The Garmin DriveSmart boasts all of the features from Garmin
Drive and adds customizable smart notifications that allow drivers to
display calls, text messages and app notifications on the navigation
screen.5 Voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth®
wireless technology for hands-free calling6 allow drivers to
keep both hands safely on the wheel. Garmin DriveSmart can also access
real-time services such as live traffic and weather radar through the
Smartphone Link app.7
Garmin DriveAssist builds on the Garmin DriveSmart and includes a
built-in dash cam to serve as an eyewitness. The device continually
records and automatically saves video footage on impact with the
included microSD card. The integrated camera brings in more advanced
driver awareness alerts, such as the Forward Collision8 and
Lane Departure Warnings.8 Additionally, Garmin DriveAssist
integrates the new “Go” Alert, a camera-assisted feature that notifies
distracted drivers when traffic ahead of their vehicle begins to move.
As drivers approach select destinations, Garmin Real Vision™ unveils a
camera view on the screen of the device and an arrow points out the
The stylish Garmin DriveLuxe is an impressive premium navigator
housed in a beautiful forged metal design. Powered with a sleek magnetic
mount, the Garmin DriveLuxe delivers innovative navigation features and
adds HD Digital traffic4 – the fastest traffic avoidance
solution offered by Garmin, with updates as often as every 30 seconds.
All Garmin Drive devices can be paired with the Garmin BC™ 30 Wireless
Backup Camera (sold separately) to easily see behind a vehicle when
moving in reverse. Garmin Drive devices may also be paired with the new
Garmin babyCam™ in-vehicle video monitor (sold separately, or bundled
with Garmin Drive 50 USA LM) to view backseat passengers on the
The Garmin Drive lineup has models in different display sizes with
various map regions and navigation features. Suggested retail prices
range from $129.99 to $349.99. The Garmin Drive product line is expected
to be available in the first quarter of 2016. For more information,
The Garmin Drive product line is the latest from Garmin’s consumer
automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of portable
navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s
user-friendly navigation solutions have innovative features that provide
time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine and outdoor recreation. For more
information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom,
contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at Facebook.com/garmin,
1Red light and speed camera warnings are not available in all
2Requires users to be driving faster than 50 MPH while
approaching slow or stopped traffic.
3Lifetime maps entitle you to receive map updates when and as
such updates are made available by Garmin during the useful life of 1
compatible Garmin product or as long as Garmin receives map data from a
third party supplier, whichever is shorter. For the meaning of a
product’s “useful life” and for other important terms and conditions,
please see Garmin.com/LM
4Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin
traffic receiver or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its
traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. A traffic receiver’s “useful
life” means the period during which the receiver (a) has the required
technical capabilities to utilize current traffic data service and (b)
is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. Traffic
content not available in all areas.
5To receive smart notifications on your navigator, you must
download the free Smartphone Link app. User’s data plan charges, if any,
will apply. Contact your mobile service provider for more information
about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. Requires
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone (sold separately).
6Requires Bluetooth-enabled smartphone sold separately.
7User’s data plan charges, if any, will apply. Contact your
mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s
data and roaming rates. Subscription may be required. Requires
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone (sold separately).
8Certain conditions may impair the warning function. Visit Garmin.com/warnings
NOTICE: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of the Garmin
DriveAssist and Garmin babyCam devices. It is your responsibility to
know and comply with applicable laws and rights to privacy in
jurisdictions where you plan to use these devices.
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a
subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in
Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United
States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark
and Garmin Drive, Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist, Garmin
DriveLuxe, Garmin Real Vision, BC, Garmin Real Directions and Garmin
babyCam are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. HD Radio
Technology manufactured under license from iBiquity Digital Corporation.
U.S. and foreign patents. HD Radio™ and the HD and HD Digital Traffic
logos are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital corporation.
Foursquare® and the Foursquare® logo are registered
trademarks of Foursquare Labs, Inc. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos
are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of
such marks by Garmin is under license.
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