Garmin launches internet-capable OE navi solution

Garmin has announced the GVN 54, a next-generation version of its OEM-configurable “black-box” GPS navigation system, featuring the company’s latest advanced features and user interface refinements.

The GVN 54 can be customized to include built-in GPRS/EDGE connectivity to utilize Garmin Connected services, offering OEMs a plethora of powerful services such as internet-based local search, white page listings, real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, flight schedules, and much more.  The system was announced in conjunction with the SEMA Show, which opens on November 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Garmin can work with OEMs to design a custom system that features traditional FM-RDS traffic service or a combination of location based services through Garmin nuLink!.

This portfolio of location based services provides direct links to time and money saving services like Google local search, traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status, local events, and white page telephone listings. Garmin can also collaborate with OEMs to include custom points of interest databases as well as splash screens, vehicle icons, and special branding.

The base GVN 54 module contains a pre-loaded database for either North America or Europe including  points of interest, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names.  It has been enhanced with an updated version of the Garmin’s award-winning user interface, including lane assist with junction view.

These features let drivers see a realistic presentation of road signs and junctions along the route, as well as arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.  Map data is provided by NAVTEQ.  Maps can be easily updated by replacing an SD card.  For regions outside of North America and Europe the GVN 54 will support locally-sourced Garmin maps where available.

To help drivers make their gas tanks go the extra mile, the GVN 54 comes equipped with ecoRoute, Garmin’s proprietary software that suggests more fuel-efficient routes. In addition to “faster time” and “shorter distance” for route preference, ecoRoute lets nüvi users choose “less fuel” as the best way to save gas and money.

The GVN 54’s hardware features an accelerated graphics processor for fast map rendering, simultaneous RGB with CSYNC and composite NTSC outputs, as well as an analog stereo line level output that can interface with a wide variety of head unit displays.

Source: Garmin.

Note: Pricing information has not been released. The estimate price point of its predecessor GVN53, was around $600.

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