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Garmin Portable Device for VW up! Redefines Infotainment for Compact Cars

18 June 2013 @ 10:07 AM  / Automotive Blog /

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There are many reasons why the compact car segment is gaining momentum, most importantly better fuel-efficiency. But you might be wondering how smaller cars stack up against their bigger siblings when it comes to infotainment. The new Volkswagen up! is a great example, showing that you don't have to sacrifice your infotainment options when opting for a smaller car: The next-generation maps + more portable infotainment device from Garmin provides a comprehensive infotainment package, including navigation, a media player, vehicle information and Bluetooth hands-free capabilities. maps + more live  adds connected services, such as real-time traffic and weather information, local search provided by Yelp as well as safety camera warnings. Users simply connect their smartphone to the device via Bluetooth to enable the services[1], utilizing their existing data plan. The portable device features a five-inch touchscreen and is fully integrated into the vehicle. maps + more live is available now as a factory-installed option for Volkswagen up! vehicles in Australia and Europe. 

“maps + more live packs the features of a fully integrated infotainment system into a portable device that is connected, can easily be updated and provides excellent value,” said Peter Schubert, vice president automotive OEM at Garmin Würzburg GmbH. “We’re thrilled to partner with Volkswagen on such an innovative project and look forward to delivering our leading infotainment technology to Volkswagen up! customers.”

To learn more, read the full press release here.

[1] Garmin’s live services are available free for the first four weeks and available for a one-time fee of 29.95 Euros afterwards. Restrictions apply.  Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan's data and roaming rates.  See for terms, conditions and limitations.

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