Talk Back to your nüvi®: Garmin’s® Flagship nüvi 880 Features Speech Recognition, Enhanced MSN Direct Services
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today
announced the new nüvi 880, a premium portable navigation device
with cutting-edge speech recognition, dynamic MSN Direct content, and an
impressive array of other convenience and safety features. The devicewas
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
“Garmin’s nüvi 880 uses speech recognition to make navigation easier and
safer than ever. Now it’s possible to keep both hands on the wheel, tell
nüvi what to do and where to go, and you’re on your way to stress-free
travel,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s worldwide vice president of sales.
“And with enhanced MSN Direct services, the nüvi 880 provides
cutting-edge content like traffic, fuel prices, news and business
headlines, and a wireless ‘send to GPS’ capability.”
In keeping with Garmin’s heritage of elegant user interface design, the
nüvi 880’s speech recognition technology sets the new industry standard
for simple and intuitive use. Users mount a push-to-talk wireless remote
to their steering wheel, which is used to activate voice commands – no
additional setup or “training” is required. Once activated, the user can
effortlessly manipulate controls by speaking the words that correspond
to buttons that are on the touchscreen display, so that almost any
common task can be performed without ever touching the unit.
Garmin has also streamlined the way users can perform complex points of
interest searches. Driving in an unfamiliar area and hungry for some
spaghetti? Simply say, “find nearest Italian restaurant,” and
you’re offered a menu of nearby pasta purveyors. Use a voice command to
select the establishment of your choice, and the nuvi 800 series gives
you turn-by-turn directions to dinner. The nuvi 880 also knows the names
of many large business brands, so a user need only say, “find place,”
then “Starbucks” for a quick caffeine fix.
For the ultimate in safety, a driver at any time speak the phrase, “where
am I?” and their device will display its exact latitude and
longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the
closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. Speech recognition
can also be used to search for addresses as well – all hands-free, from
start to finish. Speech recognition is available for American English,
British English, European French, European Spanish, German, Italian, and
Netherlands Dutch languages.
The nüvi 880 also boasts next-generation dynamic content from the MSN
Direct network that helps users efficiently navigate their day,
Traffic conditions: receive up-to-date traffic incident and
flow information for most metropolitan areas across North America, and
let nüvi select a route that avoids traffic accidents, road closures,
Fuel prices: receive gas price data from over 100,000 gas
stations across the nation. Drivers will always know where to get the
best prices – and save time and fuel by using their unit to navigate
directly to the station of their choice.
Weather reports: features current weather conditions (including
high/low/current temperatures, chances of precipitation, humidity,
pressure, wind, and weather alerts) as well as three day weather
Enhanced movie listings: search for movies by title or by
theater and receive show times, ‘star’ ratings, genre, actors, and
more – and get driving directions to the theater.
Local events: receive special notices on festivals, concerts,
and sporting events in your area, and navigate to them.
News and stocks: the latest news headlines and financial market
updates are always at your fingertips.
Send to GPS capability: plan trips and look up destinations
from the convenience of your computer, via Windows Live Local, and
then wirelessly send locations to your nüvi 880.
Three months of free MSN Direct service is included with the purchase of
the nüvi 880. Owners can re-subscribe for $49.95 a year, or a one-time
charge of $129.95. For more information on MSN Direct services and
coverage areas, visit http://garmin.msndirect.com.
The nüvi 880 has Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling
when paired with compatible phones. Using the unit’s speech recognition
capabilities, users can find and dial phone numbers (specifically
supported phones can even access their history log of received, missed
and dialed calls) or nüvi’s points of interest database (hotels,
restaurants, stores and more). These new premium PNDs also have a
built-in FM transmitter, allowing users to wirelessly transmit
turn-by-turn directions and street names, MP3s and audio books through
their vehicle’s stereo. The nüvi 880 also boasts front-firing speakers
and a removable lithium-ion battery.
Boasting a bright, sunlight-readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display
(480×272 pixels), the nüvi 880 is loaded with maps of the U.S., Canada,
and Puerto Rico. The new unit incorporates a high-sensitivity internal
GPS antenna that makes it thinner and easier to mount in a car. At
startup (Garmin’s new “instant on” feature makes the unit quicker to
use), Garmin’s intuitive “Where To?” and “View Map” welcome screen
appears, allowing for quick searches of addresses or nearly six million
points of interest like restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations,
and more. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide drivers to their
destination, announcing streets by name along the way. If they miss a
turn, the nüvi automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on
To help drivers find their car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking
lot, the unit automatically marks where it was last removed from the
windshield mount. Users can save 10 routes, specify via points and
preview simulated turns, and the unit automatically sorts multiple
destinations to provide an efficient route for errands, deliveries or
sales calls. It also displays speed limits for highways and interstates,
and a trip log provides an electronic bread crumb trail of up to 10,000
The nüvi 880 also includes many entertainment and travel tools including
a music player (MP3, Ogg, and Flac formats supported), audio book player
(subscription to Audible.com required), picture viewer, currency
converters and more. The nüvi 800 series even has games pre-loaded to
pass the time while waiting in airports and long lines. The units also
are installed with Garmin Lock™, an innovative patent pending theft
prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions
until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a
predetermined secure location.
Garmin also offers the nüvi 850, which offers speech recognition
capabilities but without MSN Direct services or Bluetooth wireless
technology. All other features are comparable to the nüvi 880.
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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