Garmin has announced the nüvi 1690 and nüLink online services.
Built with an integrated wireless module that lets customers tap into Garmin’s nüLink service, nüvi 1690 provides direct links to certain online information like Google local search, real-time traffic, weather and fuel prices.
Also released is Ciao, a location-based social networking system that connects multiple networks into a single portal for Garmin users. In Australia, nüvi 1690 comes with a one year subscription to Garmin nüLink services.
The nüvi 1690 with nüLink has a set of points of interest (POI) search capabilities with Google local search. This function brings online POIs to users’ fingertips and lets them search for destinations by name or key words, just like you would on your computer or mobile phone. In addition, Garmin has created a “quick search” feature that lets users search via categories like food, accommodation and fuel, rather than typing a word or phrase into the search box. Detailed search results are displayed for many POIs including a location description, business address, phone number and popularity rating.
Ciaolinks multiple location-centric social networks onto one application, customers have the option of sharing their whereabouts with friends and family. With permission, Ciao users can see their friends’ location on a map via MyGarmin or via their nüvi 1690, which then allows them to navigate to that location. Ciao is expandable and additional social network partners are expected in the future.
In addition to the local search capabilities, nüLink offers a variety of other online real-time services including fuel prices which allow drivers to search for the cheapest fuel, flight status which takes the stress out of traveling to the airport with up-to-the minute arrival and departure information for major air carriers, currency exchange and weather that shows current conditions and a five-day forecast. Safety cameras are also constantly updated via nuLink! and SUNA traffic alerts drivers of delays on their route and allows them to detour around it.
Nüvi 1690 also includes Real View Advanced Lange Guidance letting drivers see a realistic presentation of road signs and junctions along the route, as well as lane assist, which uses arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. Map data for nüvi 1690 is provided by Whereis and consists of over 1 million kilometres of roads.
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