New Aviation GPS: Garmin GSPMAP 496


Garmin introduced the GPSMAP 496, a full-color, portable aviation device that expands on the GPSMAP 396’s features by incorporating Garmin’s SafeTaxi™ airport diagrams, Garmin’s Smart Airspace™, AOPA’s Airport Directory data, enhanced high-resolution terrain database, aviation database with private airports and heliports, accelerated GPS update rate, and pre-loaded automotive maps of North America or Europe. These features are in addition to the real-time XM WX Satellite Weather™ that puts powerful weather information at the pilot’s fingertips.

They will be giving one Garmin GPSMAP 496 away - Details below.

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July 19, 2006

Live pic of the Garmin Zumo 550


Garmin Blogs has posted a nice picture of the new Zumo 550 from their ride to work day. The new Zumo 550 was being inspected here, but I thought it was interesting to see someone had mounted a GPSMAP 378 or 478 on the bike in the background. Both devices are weather enabled through an XM satellite feed. They aren’t as customized for the bike as the new Zumo 550, but the weather option would be great for long bike rides. Could that weather feed find its way into a Zumo 560?

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New GPS: Garmin Zumo 550, GPS for Motorcycles


Garmin announced the debut of Zumo 550, designed from the ground-up to exceed the demands of motorcyclists. This will compete head to head with the TomTom Rider, as both have glove friendly controls, Bluetooth to helmet audio capability, and are waterproof. Garmin has loaded this up with some interesting features, and some nice touches. Fuel reminders with an easy route to gas stations, review your tracks on Google Earth when you get home, and swap trips and waypoints with other Zumo's.

“The Garmin Zumo is designed by motorcyclists for motorcyclists, so it naturally includes hardware and software features that make the device stand out from any other navigator on the market,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Garmin has long been known as a pioneer in satellite navigation in aircraft, boats, cars, so we’re proud to be able to offer a unit that stands up to the demands of motorcyclists and a motorcycle’s demanding environment.”

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July 17, 2006

Avis and Budget offer Garmin "Where2" GPS

Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC today announced that Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car will begin offering Where2 -- a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation system built by Garmin -- in 125 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Recall that Avis had/has an offering that relies on a Moto phone that allows you to call a center and get directions delivered over the phone. My hunch is that Garmin GPS units are so intuitive that most renters can figure them out in a few minutes.

Want a scorecard on who suppliesGPS units to what car rental agency? More after the Jump...

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Garmin - Built Conquest GPS on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles


Garmin announced that Harley-Davidson will begin offering a customized GPS navigation system – named the Conquest – that features highly detailed, pre-loaded maps of North America.

The Harley-Davidson Conquest is available as an accessory for '96-later models (except VRSCR) using the new handlebar mounting bracket. The Conquest will also fit the Road Glide and Electra Glide FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCUI, AND FLTRI 1998 model year or later with a mount that fits onto the motorcycle’s fairing for a clean and streamlined look.

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July 14, 2006

Up your Limit for MP3's on your Garmin Nuvi

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Have you hit the limit of 500 MP3's on your Nuvi? Well the recent software update raises the limit on MP3's that you can load on the Nuvi from 500 to 1,000. If you want this update, just run the software updater application to get the latest firmware and you're good to go.

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July 11, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review - CNet

The new Garmin StreetPilot C550 is hitting the shelves these days and another review has hit the Net. This time its CNet running the Garmin C550 through its paces. Recall that we have the Garmin C550 in house for review and will be writing up our thoughts on the unit in the coming weeks. The bottom line for CNet is that “The c550 offers the same great navigation features as its more economical cousin, the Garmin StreetPilot C330 , but adds a number of great improvements, such as Bluetooth integration, text-to-speech functionality, and traffic information. More important, it performs these functions well. It's a bit on the pricey side, but for the money, you get a great all-around portable navigation device.”


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Garmin C330 and C340 running Cheap at Amazon

Another couple of blowout prices to talk about at Amazon. The Garmin C-series is running cheap these days. The Garmin StreetPilot C330 (pre-loaded maps, touch screen) was running $450 or so this spring, and it’s now under $400, while the Garmin StreetPilot C340 (pre-loaded maps, touchscreen, text to speech turn indications and optional traffic alerts), is now about $450. Again, these are running several hundred dollars off list price. These must be clearing out in time for the new Garmin StreetPilot C550 hitting the shelves. If you want more info on the StreetPilot C340 – read our review from late last year.

Also if you are interested in these, check out the Garmin Nuvi 350 – it’s moving out ahead of the new Garmin Nuvi 360, and is bargain priced off its $900 list.

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Win a New Jeep Compass SUV or GPSMap 60Cx - 2006 Geocaching Contest


So, the Jeep Geocaching Contest is back for 2006 and you can win a new Jeep Compass in the process. The Jeep compass is the new Compact SUV coming from Jeep this fall. Right now, the contest is in the pre-launch stages as they distribute all those little Jeep Travel Bugs. If you want to get one sent to you so that you can drop it in a local cache to help with the contest set-up, visit the Jeep Geocaching site listed below.

Starting August 1st, the contest will run with 5,500 Jeep Travel bugs nationwide each with a unique tracking number on it. There will be some directions on the travel bug and at the Jeep Geocaching site to tell you what to do and how to win. Like last year, the contest will ask you to take photos and submit them for judging to Geocaching. Garmin is the official sponsor/GPS of Geocaching. Weekly winners of the photo contest will win a new Garmin GPSMap 60Cx . There will be one overall winner who gets the Jeep Compass.

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July 10, 2006

Garmin Nuvi sold through Saab Dealerships


Garmin has announced that Saab automotive dealerships in Europe are now offering customers the opportunity to purchase a Garmin Nuvi 300 satellite navigation directly from the dealer's showroom. Big step up for the Nuvi; a well thought out and well designed unit from Garmin. In the States, the Garmin Nuvi 350 is selling very well (blowout prices now at – well off its $900 list price), with its upgrade, the Garmin Nuvi 360 hitting the shelves about now too. So, with Saab doing this, one has to wonder if its parent, General Motors, will do a similar thing here in the US for either Saab or another higher end line.

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