Garmin DriveAssist comes with an addition of built-in dash cam. It carries an advanced Driver Awareness features, lifetime map updates, and smart notifications too. All the usual affairs of navigational functions from Garmin are also present such as Lane Assist, Junction View, Speed Limit Indicator, and compatibility with backup camera.
Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT Specifications and Features
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Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT
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|Introduction Date||Garmin introduced this Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT on January 5, 2016|
|Specs & Features|
|Physical & Performance|
|Physical dimensions||5.5"W x 3.3"H x .8"D (1.0", including camera) (14.0 x 8.4 x 2.1 cm (2.6 cm, including camera))|
|Display size, WxH||4.4"W x 2.5"H (11.1 x 6.3 cm); 5.0" diag (12.7 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||480 x 272 pixels|
|Display type||WQVGA color TFT with white backlight|
|Weight||6.75 oz (191.4 g)|
|Battery life||30 minutes|
|Maps & Memory|
|Preloaded street maps||Yes|
|Includes lifetime map updates||Yes|
|Built-in memory||internal solid state|
|Accepts data cards||yes (Dash Cam memory card: min 4 GB data card included; Class 4 or higher; map data card not included)|
|Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)||Yes|
|Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.")||Yes|
|Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands)||Yes|
|Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription)||Yes|
|Lifetime traffic updates (receive free lifetime traffic updates)||Yes|
|Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation)||Yes|
|Junction view (displays junction signs)||Yes|
|Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.)||Yes|
|Bluetooth® wireless technology||Yes|
|Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe)||Yes|
|View upcoming points of interest along route||Yes|
|Additional||Trip planner: yes|
Trip log: yes
Powered magnetic mount: no
Built-in Dash Cam: yes
Driver alerts for sharp curves, school zones, red light and speed camera warnings and more: yes
Camera-assisted features for Forward Collision Warnings, Lane Departure Warnings, "Go" Alert and Garmin Real Vision: yes
Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance: yes
Foursquare POIs: yes
This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows® XP or newer and Mac® OS X 10.4 or later.
|Official Specs and Features|
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Garmin provided a dash cam as built-in feature of the DriveAssist 50LMT. The camera features including loop recording, wide-angle lens, and of course, GPS stamp to mark time and location of any road incident recorded or captured. The lens also has swivel design to allow for viewing adjustment.
The dash cam planted in DriveAssist 50LMT brings accident detection G-sensor to recognize any sudden braking or sharp turn; when anything that potentially resembles incident-related circumstances, the camera saves the last recorded footage so it does not get overwritten in its loop-recording. A microSD is even included in the package.
You can play the video footage or view captured images directly on the navigator’s screen or on your computer using Garmin Dash Cam player. However, it does not have sound recording. This accessory is designed in such a way that you can remove it easily from the main unit, useful when you need to take a snapshot of incident evidence such as broken headlight, dent hood, or fallen-off mirrors, etc.
Thanks to the built-in camera, DriveAssist 50LMT provides warning based on both driving map and real-time road conditions. There are at least 4 important driving assistance features from the camera including:
- Forward Collision Warning: on-screen and audible alerts anytime your car is too close to vehicle ahead.
- Lane Departure Warning: when swift to illegal lane at 40mph or more, the navigator triggers an alert.
- Go Alert: a notification to tell you that red light turns to green.
- Real Vision: the device switches from map view to real view of the road when you’re reaching a destination.
Screen and Updates
DriveAssist 50LMT is not the biggest navigator indeed, but the 5-inch screen provides enough room to see every direction and notification clearly. The screen supports pinch-and-zoom operation, and a single tap opens Up Ahead display to see any upcoming POI along your route such as ATMs, rest area, gas stations, and more.
Maps of United States and Canada along with several Caribbean Islands and most of Mexico are preloaded (North America Maps). Millions of POIs are available on-board as well. With every purchase of DriveAssist 50LMT, Garmin gives free lifetime map updates available for up to 4 times a year. Garmin Traffic updates come free of charge, too. All traffic information is sent directly to the navigator without requiring network coverage. Updates may include possible delays, detours, and confirmation whether or not you are driving on the fastest route.
When connected to a compatible smartphone, DriveAssist 50LMT can bridge communication over phones. Because it has microphone and speakers, you can have hands-free conversation so your hands stay on the steering wheel and your eyes remain on the road all the time.
Bluetooth connectivity with phone allows the navigator to display smartphone notification on the 5-inch screen too. Texts, emails, calendar reminder, and incoming phone calls are displayed on the navigator’s screen. In addition, you can control the device by using spoken commands, so you can use the navigator even without touching it.
Apart from camera-based alert system, DriveAssist 50LMT is equipped with Driver Awareness feature to give you important heads-up about upcoming road conditions based on information provided in the map. Some of the most useful alerts are for sharp curves, school zone, railroad crossings, speed camera locations, changes in speed limit, and upcoming traffic congestion.
To make it even more complete, DriveAssist 50LMT is compatible with BC 30 wireless backup camera and Garmin babyCam (both are available from Garmin). A backup camera automatically feeds footage to the navigator’s screen anytime you engage in Reverse gear, allowing you to see all obstacles behind the car. Garmin babyCam is the first in-vehicle baby camera that feeds real-time footage of the backseat to the navigator’s display.