2016 Garmin Drive GPS Navigation Product Line

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Garmin announced the Garmin Drive Product Line on January 5, 2016. The Garmin Drive Series consists of four main products, namely Garmin Drive, Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist and Garmin DriveLuxe.

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Introduction

Today GPS is one of the most important devices for people who love adventure and for those who travel to unknown places frequently. The GPS devices are advanced electronic devices that uses satellites to engage a location accurately.

These devices are useful for individuals to trace their current locations and find their way home. Garmin is reputable GPS manufactures who have been in this business for a couple of decades. The company has manufactured many GPS models with its latest line of production dubbed Garmin Drive .

The Garmin Drive Series is expected to give a number of driver’s alerts with an aim of encouraging safer driving as well as increasing situation awareness to the drivers. The Garmin Drive Series consists of four main products, namely Garmin Drive, Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist and Garmin DriveLuxe. Here are the products real specs and features from the manufacturer.

Garmin Drive

The manufacturer claims that the Garmin drive features a number of driver alerts that encourage safer driving techniques and situational awareness. This device will warn the driver for upcoming sharp curves, animal crossing, rail road, alerts if they are driving on the wrong way on a one way and much more.

The drivers will also get speed camera and red light alerts as well as information about fast approaching traffic jam. If a driver is driving for a long distance, the product gives the driver alerts that suggest potential breaks that available places to stop.

Garmin Drive device comes preloaded with data from Foursquare POIs that includes information regarding millions of popular restaurants, stores and so much more. They claim that the device simply navigations by offering real direction that guides drivers using recognizable building, traffic lights and easy route shaping that lets a driver to modify a route and include the preferred roads or cites they prefer by simply touching the navigation screen.

Garmin Drive consists of 4 variant models, namely

Garmin Drive™ 50 USA Maps
Garmin Drive™ 50 USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50LM USA Maps
Garmin Drive™ 50LM USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50LMT USA Maps
Garmin Drive™ 50LMT USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 60LM USA Maps
Garmin Drive™ 60LM USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 60LMT USA Maps
Garmin Drive™ 60LMT USA + CAN Maps

Garmin DriveSmart

Garmin DriveSmart will accommodate all the features from Garmin drive as well as customizable notifications that allow drivers to display calls, messages and app notifications on their navigation screens.

Using Bluetooth and voice activated navigation technology the drivers are allowed to make hands free calls, making ensuring that both their hands are safely locked on the steering wheel all the time. The Garmin Drivesmart also access real time services that include weather radar and live traffic though a provided Smartphone link app.

Garmin DriveSmart consists of 4 models, namely

Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMT North America Maps
Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMTHD North America Maps (Available exclusively at Costco.com)
Garmin DriveSmart™ 60LMT North America Maps
Garmin DriveSmart™ 70LMT North America Maps

Garmin DriveAssist

The DriverAssist is an addition built on the Garmin Drivesmart that includes a built in dash camera that records everything that goes on the road acting as an eyewitness. The device automatically saves the video footage in case of an impact or any form of an accident. The company claims that this integrated camera brings to the driver advanced awareness that includes lane departure collision as well as forward collision.

The Garmin DriveAssist is an easy-to-use, dedicated GPS navigator with 5.0-inch dual-orientation display. The integration of the “GO” alert feature will notify distracted drivers when the traffic ahead of them starts to move. The device also features Garmin Real vision feature that unveils a camera view on the device’s screen that points to the specific destination that the driver wants to go.

Garmin DriveAssist consists of 1 model, namely Garmin DriveAssist™ 50LMT North America Maps

Garmin DriveLuxe

Garmin Company offers this device to premium navigators in style and class. Garmin DriveLuxe device is housed by a beautiful forged metal design that adds décor to the car interior.

This device is powered by a sleek magnetic mount and delivers innovative navigation features assisting the driver to navigate safely and easily. It is also backed with HD digital traffic feature, which is the Garmin fastest traffic avoidance solution that updates after every thirty seconds.

Garmin DriveLuxe consists of 1 model, namely  Garmin DriveLuxe™ 50LMTHD North America Maps

Camera Compatibility

Any of these Garmin products can be used together with the Garmin BC 30 wireless backup camera that is sold separately. This will assist the driver to see what is behind when moving in reverse. The products may also be coupled with new baby camera from Garmin that helps the driver to view the back passenger seat on the navigation screen.

Availability

All Garmin Drive Series are expected to be launched and available in store in the first quarter of 2016. In addition, all the products from Garmin Drive Series lineup have different display sizes with various navigation features and map regions.

Garmin Drive™ Product Line Comparison Table

Compare Garmin Drive vs DriveSmart vs DriveAssist vs DriveLuxe
Garmin DriveGarmin DriveSmartGarmin DriveAssistGarmin DriveLuxe
Garmin DriveGarmin DriveSmartGarmin DriveAssistGarmin DriveLuxe
Preloaded mapsUSA or USA+CANNorth AmericaNorth AmericaNorth America
Display Size5" or 6"5", 6", 7"5"5"
Display typeresistive touchpinch-to-zoom, glass cap touchpinch-to-zoom, glass cap touchpinch-to-zoom, glass cap touch
Dual-orientation displayYesNot available on 7"NoAutomatic
Lifetime map updatesselect modelsYesYesYes
Driver alertsYesYesYesYes
Up Ahead feature with milestonesYesYesYesYes
Route shaping through preferred cities/streetsYesYesYesYes
Works with Garmin BC™ 30 Wireless Backup CameraYesYesYesYes
Millions of Foursquare® POIsYesYesYesYes
Garmin Real Directions™ landmark guidanceYesYesYesYes
Junction views of interchangesYesBird's Eye & photoRealBird's Eye & photoRealBird's Eye & photoReal
Lane guidanceYesActive Lane Guidance with voice promptsActive Lane Guidance with voice promptsActive Lane Guidance with voice prompts
Smart notificationsNoYesYesYes
Access to live services with Smartphone Link AppNoYesYesYes
Bluetooth® callingNoYesYesYes
Voice-activated navigationNoYesYesYes
Built-in dash camNoNoYesNo
Camera-assisted driver alertsNoNoYesNo
Magnetic MountNoNoNoYes
Elegant and sleek metal designNoNoNoYes
HD Digital trafficNoNoNoYes
ModelsGarmin Drive™ 50 USA Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50 USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50LM USA Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50LM USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50LMT USA Maps

Garmin Drive™ 50LMT USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 60LM USA Maps

Garmin Drive™ 60LM USA + CAN Maps

Garmin Drive™ 60LMT USA Maps

Garmin Drive™ 60LMT USA + CAN Maps
Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMT North America Maps

Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMTHD North America Maps (Available exclusively at
Costco)

Garmin DriveSmart™ 60LMT North America Maps

Garmin DriveSmart™ 70LMT North America Maps
DriveAssist™ 50LMT North America Maps Garmin DriveLuxe™ 50LMTHD North America Maps
Disclaimer: 
Disclaimer:Information provided is believed correct and true to the best of our ability based on the manufacturer published information. However, GPSCompared is not responsible for typographical errors or incorrect data. Please visit the official manufacturer product page for more details on the specifications and features
Note: This writer neither own this product nor have the personal experience in handling it. However this article is produced based on manufacturer published facts and other relevant sources (if applicable).

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