Garmin Unveils 1st Navigation Device for RVers
Garmin will ship its first portable navigation device (PND) intended for RV users in the summer. According to a press release, the Garmin RV 760LMT will retail for a suggested $399.
The device features a large 7-inch screen and ability to generate routes based on the height and weight restrictions of roads and bridges. Users enter their vehicle’s height, weight, length and width to find routes suitable for their RV, the company said.
The device is also preloaded with America’s RV Parks & Services Directory so drivers can find RV parks, campgrounds, state and national parks, and repair shops. The directory lets users search for 20,000 parks and campgrounds by 20 amenities, such as pet friendliness, onsite laundry facilities, Internet access, and electric hookups. The directory also includes more than 14,000 service locations, including towing, tire shops, truck stops and repairs.
Included BaseCamp desktop software lets users plan a trip ahead of time and download the route to the PND.
The device is compatible with Smartphone Link, a free mobile app that connects the PND to an iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth to receive free and subscription-based live services. Services include weather, points-of-interest (POI) ratings, fuel prices, real-time speed- and red-light-camera alerts, and photoLive Traffic Cameras, which lets users view real-time photos from traffic cameras across the U.S. to see traffic and weather conditions. A local search feature lets consumers use their smartphone’s browser to find a point of interest, then send the POI to the PND via Bluetooth for navigation.
Navigation features include free lifetime maps and free lifetime traffic updates. Traffic updates are delivered via an included power cable/traffic receiver. Spoken turn-by-turn direction technology called Garmin Real Directions guides drivers by recommending turns at recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights rather than simply by street name. Voice-activated navigation enables the PND to respond to spoken commands. Active Lane Guidance provides voice and visual prompts to prepare a driver for turning at an exit or interchange. And photoReal junction view shows graphic displays of junctions and interchanges, including the surrounding landscape and road signs along the route.