Press Release Summary:
OEM-configurable Model GVN 52 features solid state memory and StreetPilot interface, which allows user to see exact location on electronic map. Users may look up and route directly to specific address or point of interest. Voice-prompted directions may be amplified through audio system's speakers with video shown through system's integrated display. Touch screen communication, wireless remote, and dead reckoning features can be built into GPS unit.
Original Press Release:
Garmin Announces a 'Black Box' GPS Alternative
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3 - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced the GVN 52, a customer- configurable, "black-box" GPS navigation system that features Garmin's robust GPS hardware and familiar StreetPilot user interface and is designed to be integrated with mobile audio/video entertainment systems. Kenwood Corporation, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics for cars, and Riverpark, a national distributor of mobile audio products to the U.S. recreational vehicle industry, are among the first companies to offer the GVN 52 on select products.
The new GVN 52 was introduced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (Garmin booth #35920). Kenwood will display their Garmin GVN 52- powered product, the KNA-G510, at their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
"This announcement marks the first time consumer electronics companies can use Garmin's proven GPS navigation applications and integrate it with their audio-video entertainment system," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "Because of our diverse product line, we are able to offer customers a full range of options that can be easily tailored to their specific product."
Although the GVN 52 may be customized to each company's specifications, one of the commonalities is Garmin's robust hardware featuring solid state memory, and easy to use StreetPilot interface, which requires little input and allows the user to see their exact location on an electronic map. Users may look up and route directly to a specific address or point of interest such as a restaurant, hotel, store, gas station or bank. The turn-by-turn, text-to- speech, voice prompted directions will tell the user to "turn right on Main Street." In addition, the voice-prompted directions may be amplified through the audio system's speakers, with video shown through the system's integrated display. The unit comes preloaded with maps of the entire United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, or Western Europe
Other features that can be built into Garmin's GVN 52 include touch screen communication, wireless remote, dead reckoning, and traffic information via Garmin's GTM 10 or XM traffic, audio, and data through Garmin's GXM 30.
The GVN 52 is one of the many products that Garmin announced at the 2006 CES in Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2006. Additional information about Garmin's other CES announcements may be found at www.garmin.com/ .
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/ /pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and StreetPilot are registered trademarks, and GVN 52 is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
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