July 16, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 3750, 3760T, 3790T - MyTrends Navigation - Smart GPS

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I have always dreamed of a smarter GPS, better traffic understanding, better local road understanding and better "me" understanding. Garmin seems to be taking on the last one with MyTrends. The Garmin Nuvi 3700 series (3750, 3760T and 3790T) will take your favorite destinations and learn what the routes are and where you are likely headed to automatically pop up the route, the traffic (on the "T" models) and your expected time of arrival. Cool stuff. The new super thin Nuvi 3700 series (did Apple copy Nuvi's square design for the iPhone 4?) was announced a few months ago and they packed a whole lot into a super slim form factor.

From Garmin:

"With myTrends, when you save your regular destinations in your "Favorites," your nüvi 3790T will, over time, begin to figure out where you're going even without your telling it! It provides time of arrival and relevant traffic information. So whether you're driving to and from work or a regularly scheduled weekly event, your nüvi 3790T will help you get there on time."

The MyTrends feature will start to learn regular trips of yours and understand that you are going to that weekly meeting or daily trip to work and bring up the best route with relevant information. The trick is to do this with accuracy and not automatically plan my trip to work when I am driving to the grocery store.

This learning feature is hopefully just the start of some smarter GPS capabilities. I would like to see route feedback where the GPS learns from me that my shortcuts are faster than its mass market route planning, or that the trip on the highway isn't always the fastest because it learned from my habits. We'll get there.

The Garmin 3700 series is now shipping at Amazon:

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 16, 2010 11:07 AM

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