Garmin and BMW launch new sat nav for bikes

Garmin and BMW launch new sat nav for bikes

Based on Garmin's z?moTM 660, the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV adds exclusive BMW-specific features such as a customised mount, preloaded BMW dealer database, unique audio and Bluetooth handling capabilities, and more.

This portable unit with its glove-friendly touchscreen comes preloaded with detailed street maps with millions of POIs.

Once the rider has selected a destination, the system calculates the best route and gives turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions. This feature can also work with a compatible Bluetooth enabled helmet or headset.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV's stereo (A2DP) Bluetooth wireless technology makes it possible for riders to pair their phone to a Bluetooth enabled helmet or handset so that they can safely talk on the phone or listen to MP3's without having to remove their gloves or helmet.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV comes with a BMW exclusive, four-button motorcycle mount that enables many quick-key functions for extra control and usability. The mount and GPS device are vibration-tested, waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards), and designed to withstand fuel sprays and UV rays.

Trip information is accessible whilst on the move, and includes speed, heading, altitude, and a customisable fuel gauge that can be modified to the motorcycle's maximum fuel range. Routing includes guidance for the appropriate turn or exit lane, and 3D views for buildings in some major metropolitan areas.

Routes and trip logs can be shared between Navigator IV units via Bluetooth or by connecting the device to a computer and logging on to a free online community of routes specifically for motorcyclists. Owners can also plan routes online through Google or MapQuest and send the routes or POIs to the device before beginning the journey.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is expected to be available in the third quarter from authorized BMW Motorrad retailers in North America and Europe.

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