OLATHE, Kan. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2013 — Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new integrated and portable navigation device for MINI vehicles. The MINI Navigation Portable XL is designed specifically for MINI models and can be dealer-installed with a customized mount that goes next to the instrument cluster for optimal visibility. All cables are hidden behind the dashboard for a fully integrated look. The device features Garmin’s latest navigation technology, including Garmin Real Directions™, Active Lane Guidance, traffic, lifetime map updates1, and voice command. The device housing features a customized piano-black finish with a silver MINI logo. User can also select from a variety of MINI vehicle icons to display their current position. The MINI Navigation Portable XL is available now as an accessory from MINI dealers worldwide.
The MINI Navigation Portable XL is designed specifically for MINI models and can be dealer-installed with a customized mount that goes next to the instrument cluster for optimal visibility. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We’re pleased to extend our partnership with MINI to provide an integrated, next-generation portable navigation device for MINI vehicles around the globe,” said Matt Munn, Garmin managing director automotive OEM. “This new device makes it easier than ever to follow directions with Garmin’s new Real Directions and Active Lane Guidance features. It also integrates seamlessly with the interior of any MINI.”
Vehicle Installation and Customized Design
The MINI Navigation Portable XL is installed with a customized mount built specifically for MINI vehicles. The dealer-installed mount places the device near the steering column so drivers can view important information at a glance on the four-inch touchscreen. All cables are well hidden behind the dashboard, so drivers don’t have to worry about loose cables or occupying their cigarette lighter to power the device. The MINI Navigation Portable XL can also easily be removed to update the maps and software.
Advanced Navigation Capabilities
Garmin’s comprehensive navigation feature set provides MINI drivers the latest in navigation technology. Garmin Real Directions™ guide drivers in a natural and intuitive way. The new feature uses recognizable landmarks, buildings, traffic lights and stop signs to give directions. Active Lane Guidance uses a combination of voice prompts and visual cues to prepare users to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. Additional features include millions of points of interest, such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations, traffic rerouting, speed limit warnings and current speed display as well as voice command. The device arrives loaded with detailed maps of North America. With free lifetime¹ map updates, any route is sure to reflect the most up-to-date maps, points of interest and navigation information. New maps are available for download up to four times per year, for the life of the device, with no fees.
Bluetooth Hands-Free and Connected Services
Bluetooth hands-free provides an intuitive and safe solution for making phone calls in the car without touching the phone or looking at its display, thus helping reduce driver distraction. Utilizing the user’s existing smartphone data plan, MINI Navigation Portable XL provides crucial real-time information2, such as real-time traffic information, traffic camera images, local search, mobile safety cameras, parking and weather. All users need to do is download the Garmin Smartphone Link app (available for Android and iPhone3) and connect their smartphone to the device via Bluetooth. Garmin Smartphone Link is available at no cost and includes several free live services as well as premium content available through one-time in app purchases4.
Garmin’s automotive OEM group utilizes the company’s long-standing experience in user interface and hardware design from its automotive, avionics and marine segments to develop innovative in-car navigation, telematics and infotainment systems. Garmin’s broad range of in-vehicle electronics for the automotive industry includes full infotainment and telematics systems, navigation software, location-based services, and integrated portable navigation systems. Garmin has dedicated automotive OEM offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: 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.
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