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Garmin Announces Motorcycle-friendly GPS

“Garmin and BMW are known within their respective industries for providing high-quality, high-end products with superior customer satisfaction and support,” said Roger Jollis, Garmin’s director of OEM and mobile marketing. “By equipping BMW motorcycles with the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, riders can let the GPS device deliver spoken turn-by-turn instructions while they focus on the road and enjoy a worry-free ride.”

This portable, 4.3-inch navigator has a bright touchscreen display that is glove-friendly and comes preloaded with detailed street maps with millions of points of interest that include locations like restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, hotels and specific street addresses. After the rider selects a destination, the system calculates the best route and gives turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to the final destination. This feature can also work with a compatible Bluetooth enabled helmet or headset. The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV’s stereo (A2DP) Bluetooth wireless technology makes it possible for riders to pair their phone to a Bluetooth enabled helmet or handset so that they can safely talk on the phone or listen to MP3’s without having to remove their gloves or helmet.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV comes with a BMW exclusive, four-button motorcycle mount that enables many quick-key functions for extra control and usability. The mount and GPS device are vibration-tested, waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards), and designed to withstand fuel sprays and UV rays.

While riding, it is easy to access trip information directly from the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV’s trip information page like speed, heading, altitude, and a customizable fuel gauge that can be modified to the motorcycle’s maximum fuel range. It also has sophisticated routing capabilities so that riders will never have to wonder if they are in the correct lane, because the device will guide them with arrows to the appropriate lane for approaching turns or exits. In some major metropolitan areas, surrounding buildings are displayed in a 3D transparent view.

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Garmin introduces touchscreen GPS

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Garmin® announces Dakota™ touchscreen outdoor handhelds, simple to use and simple to afford from Garmin

OLATHE, Kan./June 26, 2009/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Dakota 10 and Dakota 20 handheld GPS navigators, packing a high sensitivity GPS receiver, worldwide basemap and color touchscreen display into a compact, waterproof device with up to 20 hours of battery life.

“As families and friends explore the outdoors – from an exotic locale to the local park – Dakota helps keep their adventures affordable and enjoyable,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “While kids have fun with Dakota’s small size and simple interface, parents can take comfort in never losing their way thanks to high-sensitivity GPS and extended battery life.”

Lightweight, rugged and waterproof, Garmin’s new Dakota devices quickly acquire and maintain satellite reception – even in heavy tree cover or deep canyons – thanks to a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFixTM, which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position. Everyone from geocachers and youth scouts to surveyors and hunters can take advantage of Dakota’s 850 MB of internal memory, which can store up to 1,000 waypoints, 50 routes, 2,000 geocaches and an active tracklog of up to 10,000 points and 200 saved tracks.

Based on the innovative interface of Garmin’s award-winning Oregon series, Dakota’s glove-friendly, color 2.6-inch touchscreen display is easy to read and use in all conditions, responsive to the touch of your finger, yet resistant to the forces of nature. Weighing only 6.75 ounces, Dakota lasts up to 20 hours on two AA batteries and can connect to your PC or Mac via USB connection.

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Make the Most of your Garmin® with my.Garmin.com™

OLATHE, Kan./May 20, 2009/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today enhancements to http://my.Garmin.com, a convenient online portal that helps users manage software and map updates and displays information that is tailored to a customer’s specific Garmin product(s).  My.Garmin.com helps customers maximize their GPS experience at every phase – from registering their GPS device to downloading new maps. 

“my.Garmin is a one-stop-shop for customers who want to take advantage of everything we’ve made available for their specific device, 24/7,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether it’s a free software update or getting answers to questions, my.Garmin helps customers keep up with the latest and greatest for their GPS.  By simply attaching the GPS to a computer using a USB cable, my.Garmin and the device can automatically interact and present the user with available software downloads, map updates, and other important information.”

The upgraded my.Garmin.com website is available immediately and is home to the following services:

•    Map information – Customers are notified when new maps are available and can determine which maps are best for them – nüMaps Lifetime, nüMaps Onetime, or other accessory maps that will help them find their next adventure.

•    Software update – Garmin regularly updates and improves existing products. Customers can download free software updates for the life of their GPS device.

•    Support – Customers can find answers to their GPS questions through an online library of frequently asked questions.

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Garmin® Navigation Offered in 2011 Chrysler Grand Cherokee

OLATHE, Kan./April 8, 2009/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that its automotive OEM division will provide in-dash navigation for the new 2011 model year Chrysler Grand Cherokee, which debuted today at the New York Auto Show.

The program marks Garmin’s first major automotive navigation system to be installed at the factory.  The system combines Garmin’s best-selling, affordable, and intuitive user interface into Chrysler’s Uconnect radio that merges technology and content into one 6.5” touchscreen display.

“Garmin is uniquely positioned to quickly bring the latest and greatest navigation technology to an in-dash environment – priced at a level that mainstream drivers can afford,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and chief operating officer.  “Being a navigation provider for Chrysler is a significant and long sought-after achievement for our company.  We look forward to collaborating with them on this exciting project.”

The collaborative effort puts Garmin’s nüvi-like consumer experience – complete with affordable map updates – into an original equipment, in-dash radio.  The navigator includes highly detailed Navteq maps of North America with nearly six million points of interest, as well as many cutting-edge features found in Garmin’s newest portable devices, like:

• Lane Assist - guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate.
• Junction View - realistically displays 3D road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.
• Speed Limit & Current Speed – know at a glance whether you’re within the posted speed limit.
• Where Am I? - get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.
• Speaks Street Names – so you never have to take your eyes off the road.
• Customized Vehicle Icons – personalize your navigation with Chrysler-specific icons.

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New Magellan Roadmate Features Built-in AAA TourBook

"The OneTouch user interface continues to win awards for its richness and ease of use. We're delighted to offer this experience across all Magellan 2009 auto navigation models," said Mike Wagner, senior director of product marketing for Magellan. "The new Magellan RoadMates also include more features than any previous models, like built-in AAA TourBook information, spoken street names, highway lane assist, highway exit points of interest search and multi-destination routing."

All models in the Magellan RoadMate series offer a revolutionary new OneTouch favorite addresses and searches that are just one click away. After users identify and store preferred banks, restaurants and other destinations in the device, the OneTouch feature lets them instantly access directions to those located closest with one quick menu click.

"AAA is pleased to offer our trusted travel information in an expanded line of quality Magellan GPS units, highlighting additional ways to save as a AAA member," said Marshall L. Doney, vice president of Automotive for AAA.

Trusted Points of Interest From AAA TourBook Guides

The Magellan RoadMate series gives users searchable AAA TourBook listings that include AAA Diamond Rated restaurants and lodgings, along with attractions, events and campgrounds - taking the guesswork out of planning a trip. Users can also access listings for AAA-Approved Auto Repair shops and businesses that offer AAA member discounts. All listings include the exact GPS location.

The new series also provides a toll-free menu for AAA members to access North America's largest roadside assistance network.

All new Magellan RoadMate models offer the following features:

  • New 4.7-inch, WQVGA (RoadMate 1470), 4.3-inch WQVGA (RoadMate 1440) or 3.5-inch (RoadMate 1340) QVGA full-color, anti-glare touch-screen display
  • Acclaimed easy-to-use OneTouch favorites drop-down menu with personalized search icons to easily find favorite places
  • Features AAA TourBook listings and member Roadside Assistance menu
  • Announces street names and directions at each turn
  • Highway Lane Assist points the user in the right direction and ensures the correct lane will be chosen before the next turn
  • Highway Exit Points of Interest search let the user find gas stations, restaurants and hotels near upcoming exits
  • QuickSpell® with New SmartCity Search intelligently narrows searches and checks spelling when entering addresses
  • Offers multi-destination routing with route optimization
  • Includes maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico
  • 2-D and 3-D map views with auto day/night mode switching
  • Trip computer and trip planner
The manufacturer's suggested price for these models is as follows: RoadMate 1470 is $299, RoadMate 1440 is $249 and RoadMate 1340 is $179.

The Magellan RoadMate series ships with a windshield mount and cradle; a 12-volt vehicle power adapter; an adhesive disk for alternative, on-dash mounting; and a quick reference quide. For additional accessories, including cases, pouches and additional mounting options, visit MagellanGPS.com. Map updates for Magellan products can be purchased separately.

About MiTAC Digital Corporation
MiTAC Digital Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation and promotes and sells products and services under the Magellan brand name. Magellan assists people to travel, work and play their way with leading portable navigation and positioning solutions across multiple consumer markets. Recognized as an industry innovator, the company is the producer of the award-winning Magellan RoadMate, and Maestro series portable car navigation systems, as well as the Magellan Triton outdoor handheld navigation devices. MiTAC Digital Corporation is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information on Magellan, visit http://www.magellangps.com.

About AAA
As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at http://www.AAA.com.


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