Garmin offers lifetime free maps with upcoming GPS products

Garmin offers lifetime free maps with upcoming GPS products

Company takes new direction with new developments in 2012

Satellite navigation provider, Garmin is promising customers that they will never pay for GPS maps with the introduction of its nüvi 2000 and 3000 series of devices scheduled for release in February and March.

The promise, which is subject to terms and conditions, means that free Navteq lifetime map updates will be available in the box with all nüvi 2000 and 3000 devices.

The products will also be powered by the Guidance 2.0 and 3.0 new navigation engines.

The nüvi 2000 systems, with Guidance 2.0, offer accelerated routing, enhanced destination searches, and business display on maps. They also include photoReal junction view to assist in navigating unfamiliar exits and intersections with realistic images of roads. Select models also allow voice-activated navigation for hands-free operation.

Garmin’s premium nüvi 3000 devices are less than 9mm wide, and feature pinch-to-zoom touchscreen functionality and automatic dual orientation.

Their Guidance 3.0 engine, in addition to the offerings of 2.0, offers myTrends technology which records favourite places, and predicts destinations without user input.

The photoReal function is also enhanced with Bird’s Eye junction view that displays lanes from a different perspective.

Garmin Australasia managing director, Trevor Berrange, said “speed and accuracy of searches, as well as routing, will now happen much faster than they have in the past, leading to an improved driving experience for consumers” with the new engines.

“Along with our new promise to consumers saying they never have to buy maps again, we see 2012 as another strong year for Garmin and the personal navigation category as a whole,” Berrange said.

The nüvi 2000 range will be available in March for:

  • nüvi 2455LM - $249
  • nüvi 2455LMT - $299
  • nüvi 2495LMT - $349
  • nüvi 2595LMT - $399

The nüvi 3000 range will be available in late February for:

  • nüvi 3450LMT - $449
  • nüvi 3490LMT - $499
  • nüvi 3590LMT - $549

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