Of the flood of new announcements by Garmin this week, this one has us most eager to talk about. The reimagined automotive GPS series by Garmin is receiving a lot of buzz at CES. From updated design to more "human" directions, Garmin launches their Real Navigation campiagn to reintroduce the nuvi line. The devices have been redefined as well, being categorized as the Essential, Advanced and Prestige series. Essential is the most basic of the models, Advanced introduces real direction and updated voice technology and the Prestige being the top-of-the-line of the set.
The modern design is no disappointment in this sequence. The Advanced series now has the option of a 7-inch screen, the largest of in-vehicle GPS devices. Garmin has decided to discontinue the 3.5-inch series and offers sizes ranging from 4.3 to 7 inches. Just like televisions, each version next becomes thinner and lighter; the same holds true with the Prestige series, being the thinnest at 0.5 inches. The units can now be attached to the newly designed strong magnetic powered mount.
The Prestige and Advanced lines will launch the Garmin Real Directions and Garmin Real Voice technology; an innovative feature that makes you feel like you're receiving directions from a friend. The directions will now have a more natural sounding voice, as well as tell you to turn at certain landmarks instead of the text-spoken streets. If lane guidance wasn't easy to follow before, it will be now with a more real-time view of proper lane indications. The units will continue to carry the photoReal and Bird's Eye Junction views for junction changes, in addition to the now faster HD Digital traffic updates.
Garmin takes hands-free seriously and adds a Voice Activated Navigation feature that allows users to speak commands to the nuvi while driving. Select models will also connect to Bluetooth and smartphones. Maps and navigation are said to stay up-to-date, so no need to worry about landmarks that no longer exist. As an additional resource, Garmin Express can be used to update all your devices in one place.
The new nuvi line is now available for pre-order on the GPS City website and will be shipping in early spring.