Celebrating 25 years of innovation

Garmin has come a long way in 25 years. Will you join us for
the rest of the journey?

Garmin was born out of a desire to discover more, to achieve more and to learn more. We share a passion for innovation with our customers, as well as a desire for challenge. Without a doubt, every test along the way has led to a revolutionary product for the Garmin community. We’ve launched pioneering technology in a range markets, from marine and aviation to sports and outdoor leisure, and we don’t want to stop here.
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Garmin today and the last 25 years

1989

Garmin is founded by Gary Burrell and Dr. Min Kao

Over the course of the last 25 years, Garmin pioneered many new product categories, evolving into a global technology leader for automotive, mobile, outdoor, marine, fitness and aviation products.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

1993

Garmin introduced the first GPS with a moving map

Garmin introduced the first GPS with a moving map (GPS 95) and went on to pioneer the GPS market for automobiles with the first portable mapping GPS for automobiles (StreetPilot®).

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

1994

Industry’s earliest GPS Chartplotters

Since the beginning, Garmin has also been a leader in the marine market, designing some of the industry’s earliest GPS chartplotters (GPSMAP® 210). Today there is a state-of-the-art integrated Garmin Marine Network.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

1997

Garmin innovated the digital cockpit

A stalwart in the general aviation industry, Garmin innovated the digital cockpit, first with the GNS® 430 and 530 and has grown into the Part 25 business jet market with the G5000 glass cockpit (2010).

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

1998

First car sat nav announced – StreetPilot®

Featured a top-down street map on a black and white LCD screen and maps on data cartridges of 8 or 16 MB. Detailed routes could be manually created in software and there were no spoken directions.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

1999

First dedicated walking handheld - eTrex®

The yellow eTrex went on to become the bestselling Garmin GPS handheld. The current incarnation - the eTrex 10 - retains the original eTrex “yellow” colour but with many more features than the original.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2000

Garmin went public on the NASDAQ stock market

Garmin went public on the NASDAQ stock market in 2000 and became a component of the S&P 500 index in 2012.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2003

First wrist-based GPS announced

The Forerunner® 101 used the GPS signal to calculate time, pace and distance. Current models include the Forerunner 910XT triathlon watch and the Forerunner 620 with running dynamics.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2005

nüvi® 300 series

The nüvi 300 series was the first modern-shaped sat nav made by Garmin. The now familiar slim rectangular shape meant that the sat nav could easily fit in a pocket or handbag.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2006

First cycle computers - Edge® 205/305

In addition to time, speed and distance, additional sensors were available for cadence and heart rate. Recent models like the Edge 1000 have maps, give turn-by-turn directions and record power information.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2007

Garmin Connect web site launched

To complement its rapidly expanding range of fitness watches and cycle computers, Garmin launched the Garmin Connect website to enable customers to upload and share their fitness data.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2007

GPSMAP 5000 series

With the introduction of the GPSMAP® 5000 series with touch screen interface, Garmin set a new standard for making sophisticated and highly advanced technology easy to use.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2007

BlueChart g2 Vision

Built on the success of BlueChart® introduced in 2003, BlueChart g2 Vision took marine navigation to a whole new level with automatic route calculations, 3D views and more.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2008

First touchscreen walking handheld - Oregon®

The first walking handheld device with a touchscreen. The touchscreen makes device operation much quicker and easier, especially for users that need to enter co-ordinates and information on the go.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2009

First dedicated golfing product - Approach® G5

Garmin enters the golfing market with a handheld device with course maps, shot distance, scorecard and distance to the pin. This is followed by a range of golfing watches and handheld devices.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2009

First triathlon watch – Forerunner® 310XT

Garmin’s first watch suitable for all three triathlon disciplines with the ability to measure distance while swimming, as well as running and cycling features.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2014

New Markets - VIRB® and vívofit

Garmin enters the Action Camera and Wellness markets with the VIRB and VIRB Elite action cameras and the vívofit wellness band. Using 25 years of skill and innovation to create exciting new products.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

2014

In its 25 years...

Garmin has sold 126 million units since its inception.

Garmin 25 Year Anniversary
Garmin 25 Year Anniversary

Where will the Garmin journey take you next?

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Garmin 25 Year Anniversary
Garmin 25 Year Anniversary
Garmin 25 Year Anniversary
Garmin 25 Year Anniversary
Garmin 25 Year Anniversary
Garmin 25 Year Anniversary