Super-Sized GPS Navigation: Garmin® nüvi® 5000
Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today
announced a new series of nüvi navigators designed specifically for
those seeking premium navigation features on a large, 5.2-inch
touchscreen display. The nüvi 5000 was announced in conjunction with the
2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will be on display at
the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, booth #35832).
“The nuvi 5000 is ideal for those with larger vehicles that need
navigation on a big screen” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of
worldwide sales. “With its easy-to-use interface and route planning
features, it puts drivers in total control of the road.”
With its large, touchscreen interface, the nüvi 5000 makes it easier
than ever to obtain voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions, route
calculation, and automatic rerouting if a motorist strays off course.
Route planning is a cinch as the nüvi 5000 will save 10 routes, specify
via points and preview simulated turns on the big screen. Additionally,
it auto sorts multiple destinations providing the driver with the most
direct and efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls.
Drivers who want to keep track of where they have been can turn on the
track log feature and see an electronic bread crumb trail that shows
their previously traveled route on the display. If a driver wants to
avoid an area, the nüvi’s routing can be customized by choosing to avoid
select roads and areas. Garmin has also made it possible for customers
to supplement the pre-loaded maps with custom points of interest such as
school zones and safety cameras.
All routing information is displayed on a digital elevation map that
shows detail about the surrounding terrain. Users can select a
configurable vehicle icon, which allow the user to travel along their
route with a fun, customized vehicle-shaped icon – instead of a simple
wedge shape graphic. The nüvi also displays speed limits for major
highways and Interstates.
Customers also have the opportunity to receive dynamic content from
either MSN Direct (U.S. only) or FM TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
traffic receiver. Those selecting the optional MSN Direct receiver will
receive enhanced, up-to-date traffic information, fuel prices, weather
reports, enhanced movie listings, and news and stocks information for
major metropolitan areas in the United States. In addition, owners may
plan trips and look up destinations from their computer, via Microsoft
Local Live, and then send locations and routes to the nüvi 5000.
Customers who purchase the optional FM TMC traffic receiver will receive
up-to-date traffic information for metropolitan areas in the United
States and select European countries.
In addition, the nüvi 5000 displays a video signal from an external
analog source, such as a back-up camera. When an external video source
is active, the user may revert to the map display by touching anywhere
on the screen.
Customers also have several entertainment options to choose from – an
internal MP3 player, audio book player and games. The built-in MP3
player lets users browse music by artist, album, song or genre. Music
can be loaded onto an SD card and is “drag-and-drop” easy – no special
software is required. The nüvi 5000 is also compatible with audible.com,
a subscription based audio book service. A handful of games are
preloaded on the nüvi to help passengers pass the time. Additional games
will be available in the future at www.garmin.com/games.
All music or speech files can be emitted over the vehicle’s existing
speakers, through the nüvi’s built-in FM wireless transmitter or via the
unit’s 3.5mm stereo output jack. The entertainment audio is muted when
navigation instructions are given.
The nüvi 5000 is expected to be available in North America in February
for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.99. It will be
available in Europe in the second quarter of 2008. For more information,
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International, Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd.
(Nasdaq:GRMN) group of companies which designs, manufactures, markets,
and sells navigation, communication and information devices and
applications — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a
leader in consumer and general aviation navigation and its products
serve the automotive/mobile, outdoor/fitness, marine, and aviation
markets. 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 virtual pressroom
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and
nüvi are registered trademarks, and Garmin Lock and Garmin Travel Guide
are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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