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Garmin Shows GPS With NavTraffic

10/31/2005 03:12:00 PM Eastern

Olathe, Kan. — Garmin introduced three new navigation products today, including a pair of portable navigation systems that offer XM NavTraffic real-time traffic.

Shipping in December, the new StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 can also receive standard XM programming, as well as XM Weather, a service offered, until now, primarily to marine operators and professional pilots. XM Weather displays weather patterns on the user’s route map, while NavTraffic displays traffic and construction roadblocks.

The high end portable GPS units each have a 7-inch screen and are designed for use in RVs, conversion vans, semi-trucks and buses. The StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 also have built-in MP3 players for music stored on SD cards, and they include book readers so users can purchase audio books from for playback in the vehicle. Both models offer dead reckoning, in addition to GPS navigation and have built-in FM modulators. They require an optional antenna for XM service. The StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 ship at estimated retail prices of $1,499 and $1,800, respectively.

Also new from Garmin is a handheld Pocket PC which is the first Garmin PDA to offer built-in maps of the North America. Called the iQue M4, it has an MP3 player and 64MB of RAM, SD/SDIO expansion slot and will be available in December at an estimated retail price of $699.99.

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