Faced with the explosion of smart phones and the emergence of sophisticated on board in-car computers, GPS manufacturers must now start to adapt to all of the changing technologies in order to protect themselves and their revenues. Garmin is making steps towards this and has recently announced that they will including their GPS technology in the new multimedia system that will be launched in some new Suzuki models.
New Infotainment Device with Large Touch Screen
Designed with a sharp focus and high resolution touch screen that is 6.1 inches wide, this “infotainment” platform has many different and advanced features. For example, it lets the driver listen to AM or FM radio plus even connect to Pandora Internet radio. Another plus factor is how it will integrates a CD player, a USB port and an SD slot which will let the Suzuki owner connect a phone for hands free phone calls, plus full iPod or MP3 device compatability.
Advanced Guidance Using Garmin GPS Technology
When it comes to GPS navigation, then this is where the Garmin aspects come into their own. The new Suzuki in-car navigation system has all its options you would expect, for example voice guidance, traffic information, and also displays speed limits. This will be complemented by a mobile application (using the Garmin Smartphone Link). Thanks to Garmin and also how the terminal connects the Android multimedia system via Bluetooth, the driver will always know in real time what the traffic conditions are that are on the road ahead as well as parking availability, weather and gas and fuel prices.
In addition to that, Garmin and Suzuki have chosen to integrate this facility with full voice command activation. The driver and user will be able to manage the full functionality using their own speech, while remaining focused on the road so they can pay full attention to driving.
Rear View Camera Accessed Via Dashboard Display
Finally the last feature of this new Suzuki entertainment system: the management of the rear view camera. When the driver starts to do a reverse maneuver, he will see on the screen display a view from the back and so can avoid any possible obstacles that are located behind the vehicle.
This new Suzuki system will be available from 2013 on “some cars sold in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and Russia,” according to a statement from Garmin. This seems to be the route that Garmin could now be going down in the future and is a great way in which they can start to protect their in-car device revenue streams with more future partnerships bound to be developed with the major car and vehicle manufacturers.
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