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Garmin announces an update to its motorcycle navigators

Garmin 390lmGarmin International Inc., the global leader in satellite navigation, announced the ‘zumo 390LM GPS navigator’ – a stylish, rugged, sunlight readable and glove-friendly touchscreen device that helps keep motorcyclists on track, on and off the road.

With the zumo 390LM, Garmin has updated its popular Motorcycle navigator series to make it more than just another GPS navigator. The zumo 390LM features Bluetooth wireless technology that allows riders to simply connect their zumo with their mobile phone and a Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet (sold separately) to make and receive calls on the go. With it, motorcyclists are free to talk on their phones without having to remove their gloves or helmet. Riders can also call points of interest through the zumo Bluetooth interface, perfect for a last-minute change of plans or a quick pit stop for food and fuel. The zumo 390LM can transmit voice-guided navigation to motorcyclists’ compatible headsets or helmets. Hearing street names and navigation commands lets riders keep their focus on the road and truly enjoy the ride.

The zumo 390LM is the first in the motorcycle series from Garmin to be compatible with the new integrated Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (TPMS). The system works with up to 4 tires in any configuration. The TPMS sensor in each tire monitors the pressure and displays it on the zumo display. The Service History Log lets cruising enthusiasts record the date, mileage and type of maintenance performed on their motorcycles.

The new ‘Curvy Roads’ feature allows riders to select and navigate routes on winding roads to their destination, making each new trip a memorable experience. Its large touchscreen color display is housed in a case that resists fuel sprays and UV rays. The interface is easy to handle and is glove-friendly that makes entering information as easy as shifting gears. The zumo 390LM speaks street names and will deliver turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions via the built-in speaker headphone jack or through a compatible Bluetooth helmet or headset.

The device is BaseCamp(TM) compatible making it easy for motorcyclists to plan their next ride. BaseCamp, a free software program from Garmin, allows users to create routes and waypoints from their computer and transfer them to the device. After an open road or off the beaten path adventure, send the ride to BaseCamp to share the adventure with friends and relive the experience.

The zumo 390LM offers the convenience of lifetime map updates (North American and European version available), which provides up-to-date mapping and current information about businesses like restaurants, ATMs, hospitals and more. With the easy-to-use premium navigation search bar, it returns results for points of interest (POIs) as they are typed providing a faster, more intuitive experience. There’s also a speed limit indicator, and Exit Services that display gas stations, food and lodging, ATMs and rest areas for upcoming exits. With the ‘TracBack’ feature, riders can really let their minds be free and ride wherever the road takes them, as it is now as easy as a button push to navigate along that same route back to where the adventure started. It also lets riders, following a planned route, be in complete control as they can now skip waypoints with a couple taps of the screen.

Lane assist with junction view guides riders to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate and gives peace of mind. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on the route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.

The zumo 390LM will be available in North American and European versions.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130905-904762.html

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