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Garmin nuvi 5000 navigation

Ralf Jurrien
CES report
Saturday 5th, January 2008
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced a new series of nuvi navigators designed specifically for those seeking premium navigation features on a large, 5.2-inch touchscreen display. The Garmin nuvi 5000 was announced in conjunction with the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, booth #35832). “The Garmin nuvi 5000 is ideal for those with larger vehicles that need navigation on a big screen” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “With its easy-to-use interface and route planning features, it puts drivers in total control of the road.”

Garmin nuvi 5000

Garmin nuvi 5000
With its large, touchscreen interface, the Garmin nuvi 5000 makes it easier than ever to obtain voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions, route calculation, and automatic rerouting if a motorist strays off course. Route planning is a cinch as the Garmin nuvi 5000 will save 10 routes, specify via points and preview simulated turns on the big screen. Additionally, it auto sorts multiple destinations providing the driver with the most direct and efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls. Drivers who want to keep track of where they have been can turn on the track log feature and see an electronic bread crumb trail that shows their previously traveled route on the display. If a driver wants to avoid an area, the nuvi’s routing can be customized by choosing to avoid select roads and areas. Garmin has also made it possible for customers to supplement the pre-loaded maps with custom points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras.

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Digital elevation map
All routing information is displayed on a digital elevation map that shows detail about the surrounding terrain. Users can select a configurable vehicle icon, which allow the user to travel along their route with a fun, customized vehicle-shaped icon - instead of a simple wedge shape graphic. The nuvi also displays speed limits for major highways and Interstates.

Garmin 5000 - FM TMC
Customers also have the opportunity to receive dynamic content from either MSN Direct (US only) or FM TMC (Traffic Message Channel) traffic receiver. Those selecting the optional MSN Direct receiver will receive enhanced, up-to-date traffic information, fuel prices, weather reports, enhanced movie listings, and news and stocks information for major metropolitan areas in the United States. In addition, owners may plan trips and look up destinations from their computer, via Microsoft Local Live, and then send locations and routes to the Garmin nuvi 5000. Customers who purchase the optional FM TMC traffic receiver will receive up-to-date traffic information for metropolitan areas in the United States and select European countries.

Garmin nuvi 5000 navigation - Price & Availability
In addition, the Garmin nuvi 5000 displays a video signal from an external analog source, such as a back-up camera. When an external video source is active, the user may revert to the map display by touching anywhere on the screen. Customers also have several entertainment options to choose from - an internal MP3 player, audio book player and games. The built-in MP3 player lets users browse music by artist, album, song or genre. Music can be loaded onto an SD card and is “drag-and-drop” easy - no special software is required. The Garmin nuvi 5000 is also compatible with audible.com, a subscription based audio book service. A handful of games are preloaded on the nuvi to help passengers pass the time. Additional games will be available in the future. All music or speech files can be emitted over the vehicle’s existing speakers, through the nuvi’s built-in FM wireless transmitter or via the unit’s 3.5mm stereo output jack. The entertainment audio is muted when navigation instructions are given. The Garmin nuvi 5000 is expected to be available in North America in February for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.99. It will be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2008.

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