Garmin and BMW launch new bike-friendly satnav



Garmin and BMW launch new bike-friendly satnav
Garmin and BMW launch new bike-friendly satnav
Garmin on Friday announced a co-development of a new motorcycle friendly satnav with BMW Motorrad. The so-called BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is based on a customized Garmin’s zūmo 660.

Like the previous product launched in 2006, this new BMW Navigator comes with an exclusive four-button motorcycle mount that enables quick-key functions. The mount and GPS device are vibration-tested, waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards), and designed to withstand fuel sprays and UV rays. The device offers a trip information page with speed, heading, altitude, and a customizable fuel gauge that can be modified to the motorcycle’s maximum fuel range.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV’s stereo (A2DP) Bluetooth wireless technology makes it possible for riders to pair their phone to a Bluetooth enabled helmet or handset so that they can talk on the phone or listen to MP3’s without having to remove their gloves or helmet. The Bluetooth connectivity also allows riders to share routes with other Navigator IV units, or by connecting the device to a computer and logging on to a free online community of routes specifically for motorcyclists. In addition, owners can also plan routes online through Google or MapQuest and send the routes or points of interest to the device before they begin their journey.

This navigation solution is expected to be available in the third quarter 2009 from authorized BMW Motorrad retailers in North America and Europe.

Monday, July 6th 2009


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