Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today launched its new UK nüvi line-up of sat navs at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London. The latest range from Garmin makes it easier than ever to follow directions and avoid congestion with the fastest subscription free traffic information available – Digital Traffic - provided by INRIX.
The new line-up categorised as Essential, Advanced and Premium, meet the lifestyle and budget of every customer.
The simple and budget-friendly Essential Series is the perfect starting point for any journey with accurate turn-by-turn directions, spoken street names and Lane Assist with junction views.
The new Advanced Series offers additional features to guide drivers, such as the new Garmin Real Directions™, Active Lane Guidance and real-time digital traffic and voice control.
The new top of the line nüvi Premium Series combines the best in-car navigation available from Garmin. With its elegant styling and ultra-slim profile, the nüvi 3597LMT and 3798LMTD reflects a refined aesthetic that suits the interior of any vehicle. In addition to features available for the Advanced Series, it has a five-inch multi-touch glass screen in real metal housing as well as a powered magnetic mount that automatically snaps in once the user holds the device close. This premium navigator also includes lifetime map updates , Garmin’s unique Digital Traffic service, 3D buildings and terrain and voice command.
The Advanced and Premium range receive Garmin Real Directions™ that guide drivers like a friend would by telling them to turn at recognisable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. To make sure drivers get in the correct lane, the new Active Lane Guidance features voice prompts as well as a visual lane animation.
The new INRIX digital traffic offers fast, accurate and subscription free information that sits alongside a new real-time traffic function that now provides information on traffic incidents by *voice; users can then speak a response to select a route to avoid the traffic on nüvi models with the voice control feature. Furthermore, the nüvi models feature an all-new design and larger screens that range from 4.3 to 7 inches to display driving-related information at a glance.
The new top of the line 3597LMT and 3798LMTD comes with a new powered magnetic mount, making it convenient to attach the device and keep it charged.
“The new Garmin UK range of nüvi sat navs are amongst the best we have ever produced - the new gold standard of navigation due to their ease of use, reliability and wealth of features. Alongside our industry leading free Lifetime Maps offering and the latest advancements, such as Real Directions and free lifetime traffic services, we are now proud to introduce the latest market leading innovations for a lifetime of navigation” said Dawn Ramsay, UK General Manager. “Our new line-up significantly improves the driving experience. Larger screens provide driving-related information at a glance and our new Digital Traffic offering provide the best value to customers than ever before.”
New *Digital Traffic: Garmin offers free lifetime digital traffic on selected nüvi models without any fees or subscriptions, helping drivers to avoid delays. The Advanced and Premium Series now make it even easier to assess the traffic situation and decide on whether an alternative route makes sense or not. Voice integration alerts drivers to traffic congestion up ahead throughout their journey the expected delay and recommend a faster alternative route to their destination. Nüvi devices in the Advanced and Premium Series that include voice command, allow drivers to select an alternative route by simply speaking a response. Garmin’s new traffic interface also depicts important traffic information next to the map view, including the expected delay as well as an animated graphic that identifies the location and severity of the traffic congestion along their route in real-time.
Through INRIX and the use of Digital Radio (DAB) technology, Garmin’s most advanced traffic service offers two main advantages in comparison to TMC (Traffic Message Channel) or the GSM network:
• Traffic information is updated every minute, up to twice as fast in comparison to current services providing drivers with earlier warning to traffic incidents helping them navigate around frustrating delays.
• Secondly, the service allows for larger data volumes (about 80x higher bandwidth than TMC) to be delivered providing drivers with more detailed information about incidents and their impacts on delays, improves accuracy and provides coverage for a broader geographic area, for example, the service reports the exact location of the incident, where the delay starts and ends, rather than stating an entire road segment is blocked like other services. As a result, drivers are ensured of the best alternative route around the jam.
All the information, which finds its way to the Garmin sat nav appears in an easy and clear way, both visually and audibly. Through sophisticated analysis of billions of real-time data points from a unique combination of sources including road sensor information, accident and incident information, weather, events and its own crowd-sourced network of real-time data from millions of vehicles and devices, INRIX provides Garmin with traffic information accurate within 2 mph of actual traffic speeds under all conditions. Garmin customers will benefit from a service that provides them with the best routes, highly accurate journey times and the insight they need to avoid frustrating delays along the way.
Garmin Real Directions™: Real Directions guide drivers in a natural and intuitive way. The new feature uses recognisable landmarks, buildings, traffic lights and junctions to give directions. For example, the new feature tells drivers to “turn right after the Starbucks®” or “turn left at the traffic light.” This provides drivers with confidence early on that they’re going the right way and lets them focus on the road instead of trying to read street signs. Garmin Real Directions™ is powered by the high-quality NAVTEQ® Map to ensure accuracy. Garmin partnered with the leading global provider of map content to develop a sophisticated data collection and processing system. The landmarks and buildings selected for directions have been checked rigorously for visibility, prominence and permanence. Additionally, Garmin also improved the navigation voice itself: Garmin Real Voice™ is a new human voice that sounds better than ever before.
Active Lane Guidance: The new Active Lane Guidance feature uses a combination of voice prompts and visual cues to prepare users to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. Utilizing the larger screens of the nüvi devices, Active Lane Guidance displays an animated graphic next to the map view that uses brightly coloured arrows to indicate the proper lane needed to make a turn.
More Information at a Glance: Garmin’s nüvi models feature an all-new design and larger screens that range from 4.3 to 7 inches, displaying more driving-related information at a glance. The new and refined interface keeps the driving map onscreen at all times and displays additional information in slide-in windows, such as points of interest along the route and real-time traffic. A new Up Ahead function provides easy access to points of interest nearby. Up Ahead appears alongside the driving map and constantly informs of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations, hospitals and stores.
Bluetooth: With built-in *Bluetooth wireless technology, you can sync with your compatible mobile phone for hands-free phone calling and even access your phone book and call history via the sat nav – no need to look at, touch or even find your phone.
Smartphone link: Selected Advance and premium models with Bluetooth are compatible with Garmin Smartphone Link, an Android and ISO app that provides live services to the PND. It also allows the user to send locations and addresses to the paired device so that you can literally search an address on your smartphone and by the time you switch on your Garmin sat nav the destination will already be preloaded for your journey. Among other functionalities, the app lets nüvi users add live services such as mobile speed cameras4, traffic camera images4 and weather to their navigation device, utilizing the smartphone's mobile data plan.
Garmin Express: Garmin Express is a new and seamless way to keep nüvi devices up to date. Users simply download the free software to receive free lifetime software updates. Garmin Express also provides an easy way to update maps, backup or transfer data and download content, such as free vehicles icons, voices and dashboards.
Lifetime Maps: Garmin nüvi devices use NAVTEQ Maps which have been meticulously developed over the last 30 years. Models with free Lifetime Map updates1 give drivers the reassurance they always have most up to date maps, points of interest and navigation information on board. The very latest maps are available to download with no subscription or update fees.
This nüvi line-up 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 PND solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.
For more information about individual models and features visit: http://sites.garmin.com/nuvi?lang=en&country=GB
1 Lifetime Maps entitle you to receive map updates when and as such updates are made available by Garmin during the useful life of one 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 www.garmin.com/numapslifetime.
2 Lifetime 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.
3 Not available in all European countries.
4 Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan's data and roaming rates.* Selected nüvi models
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