January 7, 2009

Garmin Announces ecoRoute - More Efficient Driving with a GPS

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Garmin is extending the helping hand with a little technology teaser by using GPS capabilities to help you drive the most economical route using your vehicle type to minimize stop and go driving so you get there using the least amount of gas. The deal is that you get to download this technology and your GPS now offers you not only Fastest, Shortest, but a new route option to get the most economical route. The GPS also takes your vehicle type and figures out the best route.

Hey even if gas is back under $2 a gallon, it's a great way to go. Should be available for download later this month.

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Update: The Nuvi 2x5 series has the ability to use the Garmin ecoRoute program that helps you drive more efficiently. It's not nirvana, but it can help those interested in being a little more gas conscious. See my post "Got ecoRoute? Playing with ecoRoute on the Nuvi 255W."

Full Press Release after the jump....

Garmin International today introduced ecoRoute, a free software update that helps drivers conserve money and fuel, easing growing pressures on personal budgets and the environment. ecoRoute, which suggests fuel-efficient navigation, was announced in conjunction with the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, #35832).

"Many of the biggest challenges currently facing people around the world involve the economy and the environment," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Using ecoRoute on your Garmin nüvi® helps you be a smarter driver at a time when everyone is trying to make their paychecks and their gas 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."


In addition to "faster time" and "shorter distance" for route preference, ecoRoute lets nüvi users choose "less fuel" as the best way to save gas and money. Through ecoRoute's Fuel Report and Mileage Report, 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. Drivers can customize their nüvi to fit their vehicle by accessing the "vehicle profile" under ecoRoute in the tools menu. There, you can enter your vehicle type and your car's fuel economy. You can also find fuel-saving tips and enter the current price of gas in the ecoRoute menu to help nüvi better calculate your savings.

To find out if your nüvi is compatible with ecoRoute through a free, downloadable software update, go to www.garmin.com/ecoroute.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 7, 2009 7:05 AM

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