Garmin To Add iPhone-Look Nuvi PNDs
By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 19 2010 - 3:01am
OLATHE, KAN. — Garmin is trimming
the size of its newest series of portable
navigation devices (PNDs) while
bulking them up with features.
Three Nuvi 3700-series models shipping
in the third quarter look almost
like iPhones, coming in at 0.35 inches
in depth. That’s about half the depth of
other Nuvi PNDs.
The three models are the $349-suggested
3750, $399 3760T and $449
3790T. All feature 4.3-inch capacitivetouch
Into these devices, Garmin is packing
such new features as 3D terrain view in
the flagship model, and in all models, it’s
incorporating new predictive routing capabilities
as well as accelerometers to reorient
the display to portrait mode for
use by pedestrians.
All models also feature newly enhanced
Users will be able to swipe the screen to
reposition a map as they have with previous
Garmin models, but now they can
also double-tap or pinch the map to zoom
in and out of a map as well as change the
display from a birds-eye view to a 3D
view, said spokesman Ted Gartner.
The new predictive routing capabilities
in all models include MyTrends,
which takes a user’s previous driving
habits into account when making route
calculations. The device will remember
whether the user likes to avoid highways,
for example, and it will use the
speeds at which a driver normally drives
on a specific road to calculate an estimated
time of arrival. The device will
also automatically predict a route that a
driver wants to take at specific times of
the day. For example, it will calculate a
route home at 5:30 p.m. every weekday
if the car is parked at work.
Another predictive routing capability,
called Traffic Trends, calculates optimum
routes by using historical traffic data and
recurring trends that Garmin has collected
about traffic in a given area at any given
time or day.
When placed in a new sleep mode, intended
mainly for pedestrian users, the
PNDs remember their location so that
when they’re turned back on, they don’t
have to spend any time acquiring GPS
satellite signals before they calculate a
Another new capability automatically
reorders multiple waypoints into the
most efficient route.
Like other Garmin models, the flagship
3790T and the 3760T feature builtin
RDS-TMC FM receiver to receive
Garmin Connected services information,
including traffic and weather. Both also
feature Bluetooth for hands-free calling.
The flagship 3790T adds voice control of
functions, voice entry of destination, and
3D terrain view, but unlike previous voiceenabled
models, drivers no longer have to
put it in voice-recognition mode by pressing
a button on a steering-wheel-mounted
remote. Instead, users need only speak a
wake-up phrase that they can customize.
All three feature Garmin’s Eco Route
capability, which selects the most fuel-efficient route to a destination, and ability
to add map of a European cities at $10 to
$15 per city. The maps can be downloaded
by PC or purchased preloaded on an
SD card from Garmin.