February 2, 2006

Garmin on the Road with Buell Motorcycles

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Garmin announced that Buell Motorcycle will begin offering a new Garmin-built GPS navigation system as an accessory specifically designed for its 2006 Ulysses XB12X model.

Named the Buell Quest Portable Navigation System, the system provides premium road navigation capabilities – including automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions to addresses or points of interest like lodging, restaurants, and Buell dealers and service centers. Riders will enjoy the unit’s easy-to-use interface and easy-to-read high-resolution color display.

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January 20, 2006

Ford to Give Away Garmin StreetPilot C320

Well, unfortunately this promo is only in Taiwan for now, but Garmin announced that it will work with Ford Taiwan to give away a new Garmin StreetPilot C320 with every new car bought between now and the Chinese New Year. The program began in November, with just one car model, but it has been extended to several car models because it has been so popular. Interesting promotion, and interesting that it has been so popular. Humm, imagine what this would do for Garmin if they did this with every Ford vehicle in the US?!?!?

The C320 series is a lower end model that offers downloadable maps onto SD card, but has a good size touchscreen and a great interface. We used the Streetpilot C340 here at the GPS Lodge, and wrote a review on it (We loved it) - read the article. Also, you can read a review on the StreetPilot C330 here.

"We are very excited to be partnered with Ford to offer our most popular automotive navigation unit for the Taiwanese market," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "It's further evidence that Garmin products are sought after around the world."

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Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Review

Garmin nuviGarmin launched the Garmin nuvi last year and broke into small handheld smart GPS devices that marked a bold move to add features that are not commonly found, targeting business travelers. With included MP3 player and the ability to play audiobooks downloaded from Audible.com, it may just help you pass the hours in the airport too.

In their Review of the Garmin Nuvi 350, Businessweek recently called it the Easiest, Smartest GPS yet in a review. They seemed to like it a lot for its GPS capabilities including its fast satellite fix times and its easy intuitive interface.

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January 16, 2006

Traffic Reporting for your GPS Explained

There's a decent article in the Boston Globe this morning that talks about how traffic reporting works. It talks of how it's changing from some guy in a chopper to a pretty complex system of data reporting through roadside sensors and passive cell phone monitoring to get data uploaded to places like Traffic.com and NAVTEQ and then back out to you through XM satellite (or FM transmission) feeds. Many of the new Garmin units (StreetPilot C340, StreetPilot 2720 and 2730)as well as TomTom GO 300, GO 700, and the Cobra NavOne 4500 come with available traffic feed services. The traffic feed system is still in its infancy in my opinion, but will quickly become a must have feature for commuters in heavy traffic cities.

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January 12, 2006

Garmin Exclusive GPS supplier to BMW and MINI in UK

Garmin has struck a deal in the UK to be the exclusive dealer of portable GPS units for dealerships in the UK for BMW and Mini's. Garmin will make available the StreetPilot C310, StreetPilot C320, StreetPilot C330 and the Garmin nuvi 350.

"Drivers throughout the UK have recognized Garmin as the leader in GPS because of our years of experience, proven reliability, and diverse product line," said Sean Biddlecombe, Garmin's director of international marketing. "We are very pleased to have been selected by BMW as their portable GPS navigation supplier, and we look forward to working together to provide BMW and MINI customers with GPS navigation."

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January 10, 2006

Garmin Announces MAC OS X Support

Garmin announced at Mac World that they are going to make their devices compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 ("Tiger") - starting immediately. This is good news - I have lots of friends who run Macs and hate the fact that the great GPS units coming out of Garmin can't be run as intended on their computers. Specifically, friends are very interested in the Forerunners and the training center software, which will be the first to get the Mac translation - see below.

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Enterprise Car Rental to offer Garmin StreetPilot C340

Taking another page from the Magellan playbook, Garmin is teaming up with yet another car rental firm - this time it's Enterprise car rental renting the Garmin StreetPilot C340. Previously, Garmin struck a deal with Dollar/ Thrifty car rental - see announcement, where they are renting a similar model, the Garmin StreetPilot C330.

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January 3, 2006

Read the Garmin Nuvi Blog and Win a Nuvi

So, Garmin figured that they would write up a blog from the CES this week, and they are writing it from the point of view of their new Nuvi traveler's assistant.

Nuvi is a portable GPS navigator, traveler's reference, and digital entertainment system, all in one. Combined with detailed maps, nuvi provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names, and finger-touchscreen control-making it easy to find your way anywhere.

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Garmin iQUE 3000 PDA

Garmin announced the new Garmin iQue 3000 today, a new entry level Palm powered PDA that has an integrated GPS receiver with the appropriate software. The iQUE 300 joins the iQUE 3200 and the iQUE 3600 PDAs already in the Garmin line. You ask, what about the M3, M4, and M5? Yea, those are the Windows powered PDA's made by Garmin. The 3000 series PDA's are all Palm powered. OK, what else?

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Garmin GVN 52 - a GPS navigation box for your car

Garmin announced the Garmin GVN 52 GPS receiver today, a black box for use in cars with other components that will display the information. Garmin's GPS hardware and familiar StreetPilot user interface and is designed to be integrated with mobile audio/video entertainment systems. Kenwood Corporation and Riverpark, a national distributor of mobile audio products to the U.S. recreational vehicle industry, are among the first companies to offer the GVN 52 on select products.

This type of product entry is very much needed for Garmin who will find their market shrinking as navigation units in cars become the cheaper alternative that most cars have. Eventually, this type of product offering could put Garmin in a place where they could have the navigation system Garmin branded in cars off the lot. This would be similar to Bose stereo systems that are offered in some cars. As you can imagine, it's not having the hardware, it's also having the experience to deliver the software that works for most people. Garmin has figured this out, but a lot of others haven't and that's a competitive advantage that Garmin can sell.


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