Introducing the Varia™ Line of Smart Cycling Devices from Garmin® – Rearview Bike Radar and Smart Bike Lights to Help Create a Safer Riding Environment

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the Varia line of smart cycling devices, including a
first-of-its-kind rearview bike radar and smart bike lights. Helping
create a safer cycling environment, Varia rearview bike radar warns
cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind up to 140 meters (153
yards) and also warns approaching vehicles of a cyclist ahead, and Varia
smart bike lights automatically adjust to changing conditions as well as
the speed of the cyclist. Both the radar and lights work independently,
or seamlessly integrate with each other and with compatible Edge®
cycling computers1, allowing cyclists to customize to their

“As leaders in creating innovative cycling technology, we’re excited to
introduce our line of cycling awareness products and take the next step
in providing a complete experience for riders,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin
vice president of worldwide sales. “Varia rearview bike radar and smart
bike lights not only alert cyclists of vehicles, but also alert the
vehicles of the cyclist. With Garmin cycling products you can now track
all your essential stats with peace of mind on the roads.”

Varia Rearview Bike Radar

Each year approximately 726 cyclists are killed and an additional 49,000
are injured in motor vehicle crashes, and of these incidents around 40
percent occur when a cyclist is hit from behind.2 As the
first-of-its-kind radar system for bikes, Varia rearview bike radar
alerts the cyclist and the approaching vehicles to assist in creating a
safer environment on the roads.

The system includes a radar tail light transmitter and a radar display
unit. The radar tail light transmitter detects approaching vehicles from
up to 140 meters (153 yards) behind and increases brightness as cars
approach. When in flashing mode, it increases flashing intensity as
well. The radar display unit and compatible Edge cycling computers show
up to eight vehicles as they approach, indicating increasing risk with a
change in color on a LED interface or using an overlay of the current
data screen on an Edge device.

Varia Smart Bike Lights

Based on GPS data from a compatible Edge, the Varia headlight beam
automatically projects further ahead at faster speeds during a ride and
closer as a rider’s speed decreases, lighting the road where cyclists
need it the most. It also focuses the light ahead instead of all around,
shining 100 lux at 10 meters and features a high-beam cut-off to prevent
blinding oncoming vehicles.

The Varia tail light operates in solid and flashing modes, and increases
intensity when the bike decelerates to warn approaching traffic. By
adding a second tail light cyclists can utilize turn signals, which can
be controlled through a compatible Edge or the Varia remote.3
The Varia remote or Edge also controls the pattern, intensity and on/off
function of the lights.

When paired with an Edge 1000, Varia smart bike lights can adjust their
brightness based on ambient light conditions. Paired with other Edge
devices the lights can automatically turn on and off, preventing
accidental battery drain.

The Varia radar tail light is available for $199.99, or $299.99 bundled
with the radar display unit. The Varia smart bike lights are available
as a bundle including the Varia remote for $299.99, or separately for
$199.99 (headlight) and $69.99 (tail light). All Varia smart cycling
devices will begin shipping in Q3.

For more than 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.
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1 Compatible with Edge 1000; compatibility with Edge Touring
Plus/810/520/510/25 coming via a software update in Q3

2 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation

3 Included with some models, sold separately on others.

About Garmin

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 and Edge are registered trademarks. Varia is a trademark
of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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FCC Notice:

The Varia Bike Lights have not been authorized as required by the rules
of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may
not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until
authorization is obtained.


Garmin International Inc.Amy Nouri, [email protected]