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January 05, 2011

Garmin Develops In-Dash Navigation Platform with Panasonic

Garmin International, Inc., announced that it will display its in-dash navigation platform uConnect Touch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to company officials the platform is an available option for many Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles in 2011.

The uConnect Touch will be launched on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The uConnect navigation system was developed along with Panasonic (News - Alert), which produced a full-featured in-dash infotainment center. Panasonic seemingly leveraged its expertise and knowledge in the automotive OEM market to design this product.

Company sources claimed that the uConnect Touch will extend the collaboration between Garmin (News - Alert) and Chrysler.

Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and chief operating officer, said in a press release, “This announcement indicates that Garmin is making great strides in becoming the in-dash navigation choice for one of the world’s top auto manufacturers,” said. “As the global leader in navigation, Garmin is able to rapidly bring cutting-edge features and functions into an integrated dashboard in a cost-effective manner.”

The collaborative effort puts Garmin’s nüvi-like consumer experience into an original equipment, in-dash radio, added company officials.

The navigator features full detailed maps of the United States, Canada and Mexico including over six million points of interest, besides including other features found in Garmin’s newest portable devices.

The features include a Simplified User Interface with touchscreen menus that are easy and intuitive to use. The Lane Assist feature guides users to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. The Junction View feature also displays 3D road signs and junctions on the route with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.

The other optimized features are Speed Limit and Current Speed which indicates if user is driving within the posted speed limit. Also, users can get exact latitude and longitude coordinates the nearest address and intersection, and the location of closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

The vehicle’s audio system will speak out the street names so that drivers need not take their eyes off the road. The Trip Computer and Mileage Log help keep tabs on mileage, both in fleet vehicles and during personal driving trips.

The user’s location is represented by an icon that looks like the Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep model that the person is driving, added company sources.

Garmin has developed innovative products in the GPS industry serving varied markets including automotive, aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, tracking, and wireless applications.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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