Olathe, Kansas – Garmin is expanding its recreation vehicle line of PNDs with the 6-inch $329-suggested RV 660LMT, expected to be available this month to join the current 7-inch $399 RV 760LMT.
The new model offers multiple features not available on the current model, including an elevation profile to display maps with possible steep grades along a route. The new model also adds a feature called Easy Route Shaping, which lets users touch the screen to change routes to include preferred roads or cities. The new model also adds compatibility with Garmin’s BC 30 wireless backup camera along with pre-loaded POIs from Foursquare.
Both models feature RV-specific navigation such as custom routing for the size and weight of an RV or towable trailer. RV-specific road warnings inform drivers about bridge heights, weight limits and sharp curves, and a directory of RV parks and services filters campground search results based on preferred amenities.
Features such as custom routing and road warnings make it suitable for drivers pulling a trailer, said Dan Bartel, worldwide sales VP.
Other features available in both models include voice control, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and spoken Garmin Real Directions to guide drivers by using landmarks and traffic lights to tell drivers where to turn.
The Up Ahead feature displays a constant stream of nearby places such as gas stations, rest areas and campsites alongside the map. PhotoReal Junction View helps drivers navigate interchanges, and Active Lane Guidance shows a live-action model to indicate the proper lane needed for a route. A free Smartphone Link app lets users subscribe to real-time services such as live weather
radar to know what’s ahead.
The PND is bundled with maps of North America and free lifetime traffic and map updates.