Garmin Dezl ("Diesel") 560LT and 560LMT - Serious Truck GPS Navigation


Gone are the days of using a consumer GPS for your truck - we've all seen the stories of trucks stuck under a low clearance bridge because they were using a regular GPS. Garmin announced the Garmin Dezl - a large format GPS that has several features for the Over-the-road trucking industry. The dēzl boasts a large five-inch display, a built-in loudspeaker, and offers a number of additional user-friendly features including truck-specific points of interest (POIs) with The National Truck & Trailer Services (NTTS) Breakdown Directory, hours, fuel and mileage logging, truck speed limits and advanced navigation and route planning and calculation with Garmin's nüRoute™ technology."

Dezl 560LT - Lifetime traffic included - $469

Dezl 560 LMT - Lifetime Traffic and Map upgrades included. - $529

Available "First Quarter 2011"

Press Release follows.....

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Garmin Nuvi 2400 Series: 2450, 2450LM, 2460LT, 2460LMT - Large Screen Series


Garmin has announced a new series of Navigators, the Nuvi 2400 series. This marks their entrance into a new line of 5-inch screened navigators where the feature set is mid- to upper-tier offering value in this ever more popular screen size. The street prices of these overlap with the Garmin 1490, also a 5-inch model. Not typical Garmin to eliminate a model so soon after launching it, but the 2400 series seems to eliminate the need for it.

The Nuvi 2400 series offers the features that are becoming more standard on numerous models, like lane and junction views, and routes based on historical traffic patterns. There are several nice features like voice command (I used and like this feature on the Nuvi 3790T), and Bluetooth Handsfree on some models.

  • Nuvi 2450 - US/ Canada/Mex maps, and Traffic Ready (Optional upgrade) - $209 List
  • Nuvi 2450LM - Adds Lifetime Map Updates - $249 List
  • Nuvi 2460LT - Same Maps, Handsfree calling, Voice Activated Navigation - $259 list
  • Nuvi 2460LMT - Adds Lifetime Map Updates - $299

More information at the Press Release.....

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Inrix to Power Toyota Entune On-Board Traffic System


Inrix has announced that they are going to also provide traffic information to the new Toyota onboard computer system dubbed "Entune". Inrix in their usual role will be supplying unsurpassed coverage and traffic alerts to the Toyota drivers to unexpected traffic incidents.

Just today I was sitting in a shop in the center of our small suburban town, only to overhear a person come in the shop and tell a friend about an accident that just happened down the road, snarling traffic. A few minutes later as I jumped in my car (Not a toyota), I checked the Inrix Traffic! iPhone App to see that they had a bead on the tie-up, which Inrix showed ending exactly at the accident scene. This road was a tertiary state road that was not heavily traveled in the middle of the afternoon, but Inrix captured the back-up accurately and quickly.

Full Press release below on the new Inrix Partnership with Toyota.....

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Garmin Powers Chrysler UConnect Nav System

Garmin has teamed up with Chrysler to deliver the navigation aspects of the new Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Uconnect system- an OEM product that brings Garmin's Nuvi-like interface and features to the in-dash navigation system. It includes high end features like lane assist, junction view, speed limit indicators and text to speech capabilities rolled into garmin's easy to use interface.

As a nice touch, the Navigation Screen will also have customized vehicle icon that looks like the vehicle that you are driving; cool!

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January 1, 2011

New Years Resolutions - Navigation you should be considering....

Happy New Year - here's looking ahead to a great 2011. As the new year calendar gets hung, and the page turns, you may be considering a new navigation device for the new year. Some didn't get exactly what they wanted for the holidays, and it's time to look for what you really want.

Garmin Nuvi 3790T/3790 LMT - This is the best stand alone PND/GPS that I have ever used. The high resolution multi-touch display is impressive and changes for the better, the navigation experience. For an extra $50 you get the Lifetime Map and Traffic version (LMT); given that new maps cost at least $50 annually, this is a pretty good upgrade. See my full Review of the Nuvi 3790T/3790 LMT.

TomTom Navigator for the iPhone - TomTom continues to upgrade the iPhone Application with no up-charge for the continuously increasing set of features. It's feature set has grown to include Lane Guidance, Text to Speech, Navigation to your contact addresses, Google Search for addresses, and most recently they added MapShare to help keep your maps updated. Easy to use and always right on your phone. Keep a car charger handy because the GPS use and screen always on status drains the battery over a couple of hours. Read a recent post about their recent upgrade to version 1.6 and my original review of the TomTom Navigation App. Fairly inexpensive - Available at TomTom iTunes App Store

Inrix Traffic App for the iPhone - This is free for the basic version and only $20 annually for the Pro version with added features. While there is traffic enabled on many GPS devices, none can rival the quality and ease of use of the Inrix Traffic App. It doesn't navigate, but it can tell you a lot of detail about traffic in your area right down to surface roads in major urban areas. Their network is vast and the data is easily digested. For the iPhone or iPad - Inrix at iTunes App Store

Getting in shape this new year?

Fisica Sensor for the iPhone - This little sensor enables your iPhone to capture any ANT+ sensor output meaning it can grab and show you your heart rate, cadence or power meter output if they are on the ANT+ technology standard. I use MapMyRide (Part of the MapMy Fitness family which has several versions for your exercise type) which has been improved several ways recently to better incorporate the new data feeds. You can get voice prompts from the application on workout progress while the MapMyRide+ version for a few dollars adds iPod listening support from inside the App. See my Review of the Fisica Sensor and MapMyRide

Garmin Edge 800 - The uber-cycle computer offers navigation and wireless data capture over the ANT+ wireless spectrum that runs through this touchscreen bike computer. The information leaves data hounds awash in data feeds during and after the ride to keep you happy in the analysis. I like the fact that I can easily add on a few miles and not get lost on rides; I just navigate back to a landmark or home if needed. More information on the Garmin Edge 800.

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