Garmin® Announces Next-Generation maps + more Portable Infotainment Device
for Volkswagen up! Compact Car
OLATHE, Kan. -- June 18, 2013
Garmin^® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced the next-generation maps +
more portable infotainment device for Volkswagen up! vehicles. maps + more
provides a comprehensive infotainment package, including navigation, a media
player, vehicle information and Bluetooth hands-free capabilities. The
next-generation maps + more live device from Garmin adds connected services,
such as real-time traffic and weather information, local search provided by
Yelp as well as safety camera warnings. Users simply connect their smartphone
to the device via Bluetooth to enable the services^1, utilizing their existing
data plan. The portable device features a five-inch touchscreen and is fully
integrated into the vehicle. maps + more live is available now as a
factory-installed option for Volkswagen up! vehicles in Australia and Europe.
maps + more live provides a comprehensive infotainment package, including
navigation, a media player ...
maps + more live provides a comprehensive infotainment package, including
navigation, a media player, vehicle information and Bluetooth hands-free
capabilities. (Photo: Business Wire)
“maps + more live packs the features of a fully integrated infotainment system
into a portable device that is connected, can easily be updated and provides
excellent value,” said Peter Schubert, vice president automotive OEM at Garmin
Würzburg GmbH. “We’re thrilled to partner with Volkswagen on such an
innovative project and look forward to delivering our leading infotainment
technology to Volkswagen up! customers.”
Navigation and Connected Services
Garmin provides Volkswagen up! drivers a comprehensive navigation feature set
with spoken turn-by-turn directions and an intuitive map interface with crisp
graphics and 3D landmarks for clear orientation. Additional navigation
functions include lane assistance, speed-limit warnings, route tracking,
parking and TMC traffic information. Users can easily control the system via
voice command. One-shot address entry, for example, allows users to simply
speak an address without taking the hands off the wheel or the eyes off the
Utilizing the user’s existing smartphone data plan, maps + more live provides
crucial real-time information, such as traffic, weather, local search provided
by Yelp as well as safety camera warnings. All users need to do is connect
their smartphone to the device via Bluetooth. Garmin’s live services are
available free for the first four weeks and available for a one-time fee of
29.95 euros afterwards. Since the device is portable, updating the maps is
easier than with conventional in-dash navigation systems. Users simply install
a dedicated software program on their computer and connect their device to
download the latest maps. Lifetime^2 map updates are available for a onetime
fee of 99 euros (19.95 within the first 30 days of use).
maps + more live lets users easily control crucial radio functions on its
5-inch touchscreen screen. It also integrates an MP3 player and an SD card
slot to easily transfer songs. Bluetooth hands-free provides an intuitive and
safe solution for making phone calls in the car without touching the phone or
looking at its display, thus helping reduce driver distraction. The integrated
Bluetooth hand-free functionality also enables drivers to listen to their
favorite music from their smartphone through the car’s speakers. Whenever the
device gives turn-by-turn directions, music will automatically fade out.
The portable device has access to the CAN bus of the car to provide
information on average fuel-consumption, driving time and the number of
revolutions per minute (RPM). The system also warns the driver if the car is
low on fuel, so he can navigate to the closest gas station. The integrated
Think Blue. Trainer analyzes driving behavior and provides feedback on fuel
consumption to help drive more eco friendly and save money on gas.
Furthermore, the Garmin system supports other crucial vehicle functions. A
parking assistant uses sensors to provide audio signals as well as visual
guidance on the device screen to help drivers get into a parking spot. The
integrated door warner informs drivers when vehicle doors aren’t entirely
maps + more live is available now as a factory-installed option for Volkswagen
up! vehicles at 390 euros.
Garmin’s automotive OEM group utilizes the company’s long-standing experience
in user interface and hardware design from its automotive, avionics and marine
segments to develop innovative in-car navigation, telematics and infotainment
systems. Garmin’s broad range of in-vehicle electronics for the automotive
industry includes full infotainment and telematics systems, navigation
software, location-based services, and integrated portable navigation systems.
Garmin has dedicated automotive OEM offices throughout the Americas, Europe
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor
recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. A component of the S&P 500
index, Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
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^1 Garmin’s live services are available free for the first four weeks and
available for a one-time fee of 29.95 Euros afterwards. Restrictions apply.
Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. Contact your mobile
service provider for more information about your service plan's data and
roaming rates. See http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/Premium_Content_EN.htm
for terms, conditions and limitations.
^2 Lifetime Maps entitle you to receive map updates when and as such updates
are made available by Garmin during the useful life of1 compatible Garmin
product or as long as Garmin receives map data from a third party supplier,
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