June 11, 2001
Garmin® Unveils Latest Personal Navigator®
Turn-by-turn navigation, more memory make GPS V a great little
OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication
and information devices, is pleased to introduce the newest member
of its GPS Personal Navigator family the GPS
"We have taken the legacy of the popular GPS
III Plus and implemented our latest navigation technology
to create an extremely powerful tool for travelers of all sorts,"
said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International.
"Whether you are driving, boating, hiking, hunting or fishing
the GPS V will give you a clearer picture of your current
position and help you reach your intended destination more efficiently."
The GPS V incorporates the same user-friendly design, two-way
display, functionality and portability as the GPS III® Plus, but
it also boasts longer battery life, higher screen resolution,
better accuracy, more internal memory, and superior navigation
capabilities for drivers.
Business travelers and vacationers will appreciate the convenience
of setting the GPS V on the dash of their vehicle, entering a
specific location and allowing the device quickly plot a series
of turns to reach their point of interest. Audible beeps will
alert drivers when they are approaching necessary turns or their
final destination, taking away almost all the guesswork of getting
around in an unfamiliar city. They can program a route using the
built-in basemap on the GPS V or by downloading map data from
select MapSource® products.
The GPS V is also a memory-rich device, boasting a tenfold increase
in internal memory over the GPS III Plus. Its 19 megabytes of
memory allow users to store street-level maps from the new MapSource
MetroGuide® U.S.A. CD-ROM with automatic route generation.
The increased memory will also provide look-up capabilities for
addresses and points of interests using the dedicated "find"
button on the GPS V.
Because the GPS V is enabled to accept enhanced GPS position
data from the Wide Area Augmentation
System (WAAS), consumers are typically able to see where they
are within 10 feet of their actual location on a
four-level grayscale, moving map display.
Specific features of the GPS V include:
- Automatic route generation for turn-by-turn navigation
- Routable basemap of North and South America contains state/country
boundaries, cities, towns, airports, coastlines, lakes, rivers,
and U.S., state and interstate highways
- Audible alerts to notify drivers of upcoming turns and approaching
- 19 MB of internal memory for easy storage of detailed maps
- Dedicated find button for address and points of
interest look-up on downloaded maps
- WAAS capability for better position accuracy (within 10 feet)
- High-contrast display (160 x 256 pixels)
- Backlit display and keypad
- Compact, lightweight design: weighs just nine ounces
- Waterproof construction to IPX 7 immersion standards
- Long battery life: 25 hours typical use on four AA batteries
- Stores up to 500 waypoints
- Animated graphics that help identify saved waypoints
The GPS V is expected to be available in the third quarter of
2001 at a suggested retail price of $535.70. It will ship standard
with the routable MapSource MetroGuide U.S.A. CDs, PC interface
cable, power cable, automotive mount, adhesive mount, lanyard,
owners manual and quick-start guide.
Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of
the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd.,
through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation,
communication and information electronics. The company's full
product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation,
automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated
in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain
offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For
more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom,
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin
and GPSMAP® are registered trademarks of Garmin Corp.