Garmin introduces a Bluetooth-enabled wireless GPS navigation system for smartphones
Garmin International Inc. has introduced its Bluetooth-enabled wireless GPS navigation system, called Garmin Mobile 20 at this year's CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. The system, which supports Nokia, Windows Mobile and Treo smartphones, packs the GPS 20SM, a mobile phone mount, equipped with a built-in, highly sensitive GPS receiver and Bluetooth-enabled speaker and microphone. Garmin Mobile 20 allows users to easily navigate to a specific street address as well as to millions of points of interest (POI's). Once users select a destination, the device calculates the fastest route and provides them with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions as well as a 3D moving map on the phone's display. Moreover, should users for any reason deviate from the route, the quickest way to get back on track is automatically calculated.
Garmin Mobile 20 uses the Garmin Online wireless data services, which provide information for weather conditions, real-time traffic, gas prices, safety cameras, etc. The system also offers short message service (SMS), which enables users to send their position or information about a point of interest to any other phone via text messaging.
Garmin Mobile 20, both in its European and North American version, is expected to be available in July 2006.