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Garmin ecoRoute™ – free software add-on – helps motorist save money and the environment

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Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation today announced ecoRoute – a free software update that helps drivers save money and fuel, easing growing pressures on personal budgets and the environment.

 

The downloadable software will add new features to Garmin personal navigation devices (PND’s) and will provide additional capabilities including detailed fuel and mileage expense reports, driver’s "green" rating, CO2 emissions, economical routing with cost of journeys, and tips on how to improve driving to become more environmental friendly.

 

"Many of the biggest challenges currently facing people across Europe involve the economy and the environment," said Clive Taylor, Director of Product and Marketing.

 

"Using ecoRoute on your Garmin nüvi helps you to be a smarter driver at a time when everyone is trying to make their salaries and fuel tanks go the extra mile. As the global leader in satellite navigation, we embrace the opportunity to be the leader in fuel-efficient, eco-friendly navigation."

 

With ecoRoute the fuel cost of a journey is displayed before it begins. This really brings home to the user how much a journey costs and aids them in the decision to either use the car or to take public transport. It’s also a great reminder to kids that ‘Mum or Dad’s Taxi’ isn’t free…

 

Also, a feature which is both informative and fun, is the "Driving Challenge" option, giving live continuous feedback on how economically the motorist is driving. At the end of the journey an overall score is shown, along with driving tips on how to improve the score, save on fuel costs, reduce the vehicles carbon foot print and help the environment.

 

In addition to "faster time" and "shorter distance" for route preference, ecoRoute lets nüvi users choose "less fuel" to provide the best route to save fuel and money. Through ecoRoute’s fuel report, mileage report and fuel-saving tips, drivers can focus on their fuel conservation even when they’re not behind the wheel.

 

Fuel report tracks fuel usage over time, and mileage report monitors mileage and fuel usage on a per-trip basis and can be downloaded to a spreadsheet for detailed mileage and expense reporting. Drivers also have the ability to customize their nüvi to fit their vehicle by accessing the "vehicle profile" under ecoRoute in the tools menu. There, you can enter your car’s fuel economy and the current price of fuel to help nüvi better calculate your savings.

 

To find out if your nüvi is compatible with ecoRoute go to

www.garmin.co.uk/ecoroute

 

The software application is currently being optimised for European and will be available in February to download.

 

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To learn more about ecoRoute and Garmin’s other products and services, go to www.garmin.co.uk

About Garmin:

The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – most of which are enabled by GPS technology.  Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information visit Garmin's media centre at www.garmin.co.uk/mediacentre. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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