Garmin Drive GPS – New Product Range Launched
Back in January 2016 Garmin announced that they were releasing a new range of “Garmin Drive GPS” devices. They claim that these new products are designed to provide motorists with additional features that will help make driving safer.
Let’s take a closer look at exactly what new features are available with these devices and see if it’s worth upgrading your current model. I have included a comparison table at the bottom of the page in order to make it easy to see the differences between the products.
In my opinion this is the biggest innovation with the Garmin Drive Series. Essentially what you get is a series of alerts that are designed to make your journey safer. What exactly does it do you may ask?
Well, you’ll be pre warned of a sharp turn or an upcoming fork in the road. You will receive an alert when you are approaching a red light or when there is a traffic jam or accident up ahead.
Other features include audible warnings when the speed limit changes quickly or when there is a school zone up ahead. You will also be told off if you find your self driving the wrong way up a one way road! So you see, the sat nav can now tell you off just like a travelling spouse could!
The driver alert that I am most impressed with however is the fatigue warning. Tiredness whilst driving kills. It’s a fact. These devices will warn you when you have been driving long distances without any decent driving breaks. I know myself that sometimes I need someone to tell me to pull over and grab coffee. It is good to stop, relax and just take your eyes off the road for a while when you have been driving long distances. If it takes a little machine to get people to pull over then I’m all for it!
Designed so that the motorist may keep their hands on the wheel. You can activate the sat nav with your voice, make calls (once your phone is hooked up via Bluetooth) and read your text messages on a split screen. I will be putting these features through their paces over the next couple of weeks
These devices allow you to add a camera that will continually record or let you see what is behind you.
|Garmin Drive||Garmin Drive Smart||Garmin Drive Assist||Garmin Drive Lux|
|Screen Size||5" or 6"||5", 6" or 7"||5"||5"|
|Screen Type||Resistive||Pinch & Zoom||Pinch & Zoom||Pinch & Zoom|
|Garmin Real Directions|
|Up Ahead Feature|
|Active Lane Guidance|
|Built In Dash Cam|
|BC 30 Compatible|
|Camera Assisted Alerts|
|Price Check||Latest Price||Latest Price||Latest Price||Latest Price|