2016 Garmin Drive Voice Activated GPS
Garmin is one of few companies that still stand strong in the competitive market of portable car GPS navigation system despite the booming of GPS-enabled smartphones. The company keeps on improving and adding features of its stand-alone navigational devices as demonstrated at this 2016’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Garmin has a new series of devices called Garmin Drive which includes four new systems including Drive (Do not support voice activated navigation), DriveSmart, DriveAssist, and DriveLuxe. The following devices support voice activated navigation come with the aforementioned systems:
- Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMT North America Maps, Garmin DriveSmart™ 60LMT North America Maps and Garmin DriveSmart™ 70LMT North America Maps
No matter which of those devices you choose, Garmin provides alert features to increase awareness of the surrounding road situations, which in turn allow for safer driving. The device gives alerts when approaching sharp curves, railroad crossings, animal crossings, and speed changes.
More than that, it also gives notifications when you are driving the wrong way in one-way street and warnings when you approach school zones. There will be alerts for speed cameras, red lights, and sudden halt due to traffic jam in your route.
In case you have been driving non-stop for hours, the Drive series sends fatigue warning and suggests break times along with ideal rest areas. Additionally, Up Ahead feature constantly displays upcoming services such gas stations, restaurants, and ATMs on the side of the main driving map.
The basic offering is Garmin Drive, and this is where all other devices are built on. All features found on Garmin Drive devices are also found on DriveSmart, DriveAssist, and DriveLuxe. There features include preloaded Foursquare POIs for search results, Garmin Real Directions that use real recognizable landmarks such as traffic lights and buildings for more meaningful navigational instructions.
Easy Route Shaping is also available to modify or create driving route. Map and traffic updates are available from Garmin for free; LM stands for Lifetime Maps, while LMT is Lifetime Maps and Traffic. Usual features including Lane Assist, Junction View, Speed Limit indicator, and Route Avoidance come along as well. Unlike other devices, Garmin Drive does not have voice-activated navigation.
Garmin DriveSmart is the only series that has 5-inch, 6-inch, and 7-inch devices. Apart from the helpful Driver Alerts feature, the series has voice-activated navigation allowing you to control the device by speaking out commands so your hands can stay on the steering wheel.
DriveSmart is Bluetooth-enabled, meaning you can connect it to a compatible smartphone to take and make hands-free calling. It can also display phone notifications on its own screen such as text messages and app notifications.
For real time weather and traffic information, you can download Smartphone Link mobile app and pair your smartphone with the navigator.
Currently there is only one device listed under this category: the Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT. Voice-activated navigation is present along with smart notifications.
It can give all alerts and warnings available from Driver Alerts feature, but its built-in dash cam introduces additional functionality called Driver Awareness which brings Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings.
The former gives alerts when you are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you, and the latter is activated when you drift onto incoming traffic or off the road.
Built-in dash cam is fully functioning, meaning it has Incident Detection, auto-save on impact, and map view at the time of the collision/incident. It can even switch to camera view automatically when approaching destination.
The top of the range is DriveLuxe, possessing everything that all other devices in the new series have including voice-activated navigation except the built-in dash cam. It supports HD Digital Traffic, which able to receive traffic updates every 30 seconds.
Even better, the service is available for free for the useful life of the device. It does not even require connection to smartphone; traffic information is delivered directly to the DriveLuxe. Driver Alerts and smart notifications via Bluetooth are provided here, too.
Wireless Backup Camera
All those new devices are compatible with BC 30 wireless backup cameras. When installed, the camera feeds display on the driving map as you engage in reverse gear to help you see obstacles or pedestrians on the back of the car. Each of them is also compatible with Garmin babyCam, an in-vehicle video baby monitor to display real-time situations of the backseats. Both cameras are sold separately.
Garmin nuvi Voice Activated GPS
Voice activated or recognition GPS is an interesting feature available on selected nuvi devices. This feature allows users to interact with the nuvi through certain command sets.
To initiate or enable voice commands on the new nuvi you will start it by saying the default phrase which is “voice command”. The default phrase can be changed to something different if you like.
You will command your nuvi GPS by saying words and phrases. You will able to see available command list from the voice command menu. This is a nice feature especially when you are driving alone.
Garmin nuvi GPS That Offers Voice Activated Navigation
All Garmin nuvi GPS models below arrive with voice activated navigation. The below list featured only current nuvi GPS by Garmin. The discontinued models are not included.
|2014 Garmin nuvi Advanced Series with Voice Activated Features||Learn More||Check Price|
Garmin nuvi 2589LMT
|Read more about Garmin nuvi 2589LMT at garmin.com||Garmin Nuvi 2589LMT GPS Navigator North America is available from Amazon.com|
Garmin nuvi 2599LMTHD
|Read more about Garmin nuvi 2599LMT at garmin.com||Garmin Nuvi 2599LMT GPS Navigator North America is available from Amazon.com|
Garmin nuvi 2689LMT
|Read more about Garmin nuvi 2689LMT at garmin.com||Garmin Nuvi 2689LMT GPS Navigator is available from Amazon.com|
Garmin nuvi 2789LMT
|Read more about Garmin nuvi 2789LMT at garmin.com||Garmin Nuvi 2789LMT GPS Navigator North America is available from Amazon.com|
In order to better understand on how this Garmin nuvi voice activated navigation works, below are few demo videos from YouTube user that demonstrate the mechanics of this feature.
- Video 1 – Voice command demo on Garmin nuvi
- Video 2 – Tutorial of Garmin voice command on Dezl 760 by GPSCity. This video is to give you an idea on how the voice command works.
Voice Activated GPS For Car From Other Manufacturer
Below is the list of GPS for car that equipped with voice activated navigation. The models features here are from TomTom
TomTom Voice Activated GPS For Car
The below list featured current models of voice activated GPS by TomTom. The discontinued models are not included.
|Models||TomTom Official Page||Check Price|
|GO LIVE 1535M||Details from tomtom.com||TomTom GO LIVE 1535M 5-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator with HD Traffic, Lifetime Maps, and Voice Recognition available from Amazon.com
|GO 2535TM WTE||Details from tomtom.com||TomTom GO 2535TM World Traveler 5-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Voice Recognition available from Amazon.com|
|VIA 1435TM||Details from tomtom.com||TomTom VIA 1435TM 4.3-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Voice Recognition available from Amazon.com|
|VIA 1535TM||Details from tomtom.com||TomTom VIA 1535TM 5-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Voice Recognition available from Amazon.com|