Garmin® GPSMAP® and echoMAP™ Product Lines Receive New Features

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced exciting new software features available to many
multi-function displays (MFDs), chartplotters and combination
chartplotters in its popular GPSMAP and echoMAP marine product lines.
Among the new features included in this update are Auto Guidance 2.0,
the import of waypoints, routes and tracks via GPX, advanced sailing
features, enhanced safety operations, and more. This software update is
available now at no charge.

“In an ongoing effort to improve our products and provide our customers
with innovative features, we’re excited to offer this significant
software update that adds a number of premium capabilities to some of
our most popular marine product lines,” said David Dunn, senior manager
of marine sales and marketing.

One of the features now available with this free software update is Auto
Guidance 2.0. The original Auto Guidance was a breakthrough in simple,
reliable marine auto-navigation. Now, this patented technology offers
even more features and capabilities in Version 2.0. The user simply
enters the desired destination and the technology instantly searches
through relevant charts to create a path free of obstacles, shallow
water, buoys and other obstructions. With Auto Guidance 2.0, mariners
also get the ability to adjust an Auto Guidance path, review hazards
along the way, calculate arrival times and save plotted paths for future
navigation. Auto Guidance 2.0 is included with the optional purchase of
BlueChart® g2 Vision® premium cartography or
LakeVü™ HD Ultra freshwater maps and is available for use on all echoMAP
series devices and the GPSMAP 8000, GPSMAP 7400/7600, GPSMAP 8×0/10×0,
and GPSMAP 5×7/7×1 product lines.

The ability to import waypoints, routes and tracks from other
manufacturer’s GPS products can now be done on all GPSMAP and echoMAP
units via industry-standard GPX formatting. With this enhancement, users
can retain and transfer their stored waypoints, ensuring critical data
is maintained when trading up to a new Garmin product.

For sailing customers, many Garmin chartplotters now offer a compelling
array of wind-maximizing features. A new pre-race guidance page displays
a virtual starting line on the chart, along with data fields showing
laylines, time to burn before the start, and a race countdown timer that
can be synchronized across all networked Garmin GPS products. In
addition, other supported sailing features include an enhanced wind
rose, heading and course-over-ground lines, set and drift, true and
apparent wind data, and more. These new sailing enhancements are
available on all GPSMAP 8000, GPSMAP 7400/7600, and GPSMAP 8×0/10×0
product lines.

An exclusive SOS safety assist feature is now available on the
higher-end GPSMAP 8000 and GPSMAP 7400/7600 series network
chartplotters. This feature makes it easier for anyone – even those not
familiar with marine electronics or radio protocols – to quickly call
the Coast Guard for help in an emergency situation. By simply tapping
the SOS button on the chartplotter’s touchscreen display, users are
instantly presented with a list of possible situations (Fire, Man
Overboard etc.). Once the applicable choice has been selected, the
screen will provide a U.S. Coast Guard-approved VHF radio distress call
script, along with the ship’s current GPS coordinates, that can be read
off to responders – thus saving time, averting panic, and providing the
essential information needed by rescuers to assure the best possible

Other features also available for the higher-end GPSMAP 8000 and GPSMAP
7400/7600 product lines are a new “Home” screen layout that includes
Favorites, Functions, Combos and SmartMode™, and the ability to resize
the viewing panes on the display. These devices will also feature an
enhanced interface with Axis® IP Cameras and compatible FLIR®
cameras, often used throughout a vessel for surveillance or security.
Users can now pan, tilt and zoom these cameras using on-screen pinch and
swipe gestures. All devices in these product lines will also feature an
on-board PDF User Manual, allowing customers to quickly reference a
feature or configuration setting directly from the chartplotter screen
when needed.

In addition to the aforementioned features, many Garmin GPSMAP devices
will now support several recently introduced Garmin products, including
the GHP Reactor Autopilot series, GMR xHD2
open-array radars, and the GSD 25 black-box sounder.

This software update is free and available now for the following product
lines: GPSMAP 8000, GPSMAP 7400/7600, GPSMAP 8×0/10×0, GPSMAP 5×7/7×1,
as well as the full echoMAP series. Visit
to download the update.

Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated
chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology,
high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing
instrumentation and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.

For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin, GPSMAP, BlueChart and g2 Vision are registered
trademarks and echoMAP, LakeVü, SmartMode, Reactor, GMR and GSD are
trademarks 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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Garmin International Inc.Carly Hysell, [email protected]