Garmin to Provide Nuvi 1690-based Connected Navigation System for 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4 Models

Written By Sam on 9 November 2010

Garmin, a player in satellite navigation, has announced that its automotive OEM division will provide a connected and integrated navigation package for the 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4 models, including the SX4 Sport, SX4 SportBack and SX4 Crossover. The latest navigator reportedly provides wireless online information like Google local search, weather, fuel prices, traffic, local events, movie listings, flight status and white page telephone listings. With this Suzuki has become the first car maker in North America to feature a connected navigation device.

The navigation system is based on Garmin’s Nuvi 1690 and will allow users to access the device’s in-built 6 million points of interest (POIs), or find a destination with Google local search as well as white page telephone listings. The company also informed “detailed search results are displayed for many POIs, including a location description, business address, phone number and popularity rating. Motorists can also search for an individual’s street address by their first name, last name or phone number.”

In addition to this, the device offers the following:

  • Ability to look up local events and movie listings wherever a user is traveling
  • Real-time flight status
  • Dynamic traffic and weather data
  • Turn-by-turn voice prompting through the vehicle’s sound system
  • Suzuki splash screen and a preloaded database of Suzuki dealerships

The navigation system comes with the ecoRoute application aimed at helping customers to create routes that will help them save on fuel. All the user needs to do is select the ‘less fuel’ option, the Nuvi will suggest what it finds to be a fuel-efficient route based on estimated driving speeds, fuel consumption rates and vehicle acceleration data.

Models of the 2011 range are lined up in Suzuki showrooms and are up for grabs with the new and much improved Garmin navigation OS. Other GPS providers are also making in roads in to other market, like TomTom who has already landed a deal with Sony in order to provide navigational services in Xplod head unit devices.

The first year of wireless data services will be free, after which users can renew their subscription for $60.00 per year.

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