Garmin developing Blue&Me TomTom competitor

Courtesy: Cnet.

At the 2009 SEMA show, Garmin showed a hide-away ‘Ecoroute ESP module’ connected to the diagnostics port, which can send vehicle data to the Garmin PND by Bluetooth.

The ESP module is a hideaway box that connects to (and is powered by) the vehicle’s OBD-II diagnostics port. The device gathers information about the vehicle’s performance and relays that info via a Bluetooth data connection to the Garmin Nuvi GPS device atop the dashboard.

Using the Nuvi’s touch screen, users can view a set of customizable gauges, view and clear fault codes when the Check Engine light comes on, and monitor real-time fuel economy and emissions data. The unit also provides data logging for users who want to track their performance and interfaces with the EcoRoutes software that’s already present on current Garmin devices.

Pricing and availability are unavailable currently, but more information is expected to be released at CES in January 2010.

Courtesy: Cnet.

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