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Garmin Announces Their First Heads Up Display – Works With Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON

July 8, 2013 1 Comment

Today, Garmin announced their first portable heads-up display for smartphone navigation apps. The display works in combination with a bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app.

Press Release:


Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced HUD1,  the company’s first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation  apps2. HUD is an innovative new way of viewing navigation  information in the car, projecting crisp and bright directions onto a  transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. By  providing comprehensive road guidance at a glance and right within the  driver’s line of sight, HUD can help increase safety and reduce driver  distraction. HUD receives navigation information from a  Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin  StreetPilot1 or NAVIGON  app.

“HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find  their way without taking their eyes off the road,” said Dan Bartel,  Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Head-up displays currently  have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology  available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable  price.”

HUD offers more navigation details than other portable head-up displays,  yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn’t divert the driver’s  attention from the road. The directions are easy to follow and allow  drivers to navigate even the most challenging interchanges and traffic  situations with ease. HUD displays turn arrows, distance to the next  turn, current speed and speed limit, as well as estimated time of  arrival. It even lets drivers know what lane to be in for the next  maneuver and alerts them when they exceed the speed limit2.  HUD also warns users of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety  camera locations3. The crisp display automatically adjusts  the brightness level so projections are clearly visible in direct  sunlight or at night.

Complementing the visual display, spoken turn-by-turn directions are  provided simultaneously by a compatible Garmin or Navigon app1,  either through the smartphone speaker or a Bluetooth-connected car  stereo. Music streamed to the car stereo from the smartphone will  automatically fade out for turn-by-turn voice prompts. HUD also  continues to display navigation information while taking incoming calls.

HUD is easy to set up. Users can choose between displaying navigation  information on their windshield, with the included, transparent film, or  on the included reflector lens that attaches directly to HUD. The device  pairs wirelessly with a compatible Bluetooth®-enabled iPhone, Android™  phone or Windows® Phone 8. An integrated USB port on the vehicle  power/adapter cable makes it easy to charge the smartphone while driving.

HUD has an MSRP of $129.99 and will be available this summer. Garmin  StreetPilot and NAVIGON apps1, starting at $29.99 for a  regional map (NAVIGON U.S. CentralEast  or West),  provide premium turn-by-turn navigation for smartphones, including  onboard maps, lane guidance, speed limit warnings2, real-time  traffic2, and many other features.

HUD is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, the leading  worldwide provider of mobile navigation solutions for automobiles,  motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly personal navigation  devices and apps have innovative features that provide time- and  fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN),  the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of  companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation,  communication and information devices and applications – most of which  are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive,  mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM  applications. A component of the S&P 500 index, Garmin Ltd. is  incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located  in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more  information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom  or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a  registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service  marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd.  and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current  expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in  this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as  a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting  Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the  Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012, filed  by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file  number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.  No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking  statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin  undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any  forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information,  future events, or otherwise.

1 This device has not been authorized as required by the  rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and  may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until  authorization is obtained.

2 Purchase required. Compatible with Garmin  StreetPilot Onboard or NAVIGON  navigation apps.

3 Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas.  Subscriptions required. Contact your mobile service provider for more  information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. See http://static.garmincdn.com/pumac/Premium_Content_EN.htm  for terms, conditions and limitations.



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