GPS system available in Europe

This is a press release from Garmin, rather than from Saab.  I don’t know much about SATNAV or GPS units as I’m still part of the old school that reads maps (one of the benefits of living on a small island state).

As the user-friendliness (or lack thereof) of Saab’s standard SATNAV system has been a reliable source of criticism, I assume this is good news.  SATNAV owners or enthusiasts can feel free to inform me in comments.

If you’d like to know more about the Nuvi 300 system, then click here.

Meanwhile, here’s the press release:

ROMSEY, England, July 10 — Garmin (Europe) Ltd has today announced that Saab automotive dealerships in Europe are now offering customers the opportunity to purchase a nuvi 300 satellite navigation unit directly from the dealer’s showroom. The units are being supplied by Garmin distributor, Sportsmanship International AB.

"GPS navigational devices continue to be highly sought after in Europe," says Garmin’s EMEA General Manager, Sean Biddlecombe. "We are very excited that Saab has selected Garmin as one of its GPS providers. Saab’s customers can now experience the benefits of travelling with nuvi from the moment they take possession of their new car"

Thanks to nuvi’s versatility as a GPS navigator, personal travel assistant, and digital entertainment system, drivers will have helpful tools throughout every portion of their trip. The nuvi includes a large, preloaded points of interest database that makes it easy for users to find and route to their destination. Custom points of interest may also be loaded on the unit. With the optional TMC traffic receiver, nuvi can also notify drivers of traffic and will automatically suggest and calculate alternative routes around any queues.

The personal travel kit offers helpful resources, such as the Garmin Language Guide(TM) that provides written translations of words and phrases, Garmin Travel Guide(TM) that gives information about tourist sites and popular attractions, MP3 player, audio book player, JPEG picture viewer, currency converter, world travel clock and calculator.

The nuvi is equipped with a new high-sensitivity, SiRFstarIII GPS receiver, which acquires a GPS signal quickly and is capable of maintaining a signal in heavy foliage or "urban canyons" created by skyscrapers.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at http://www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. and nuvi, Garmin Language Guide, and Garmin Travel Guide are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management’s current expectations and are not guaranteed.

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4 Comments

  1. So what is the news about this? Portable navigation such as the Nuvi are available for many years in Europe and most of them work properly. One of the first fully integrated systems was the TomTom Go which was recently released in its latest version. Since no wiring with the car is necessary, the Nuvi offers no advantages over i.e. TomTom in terms of integration with Saab cars.

    Stefan

  2. Stefan, perhaps the news is that it’s available direct from Saab dealerships when you by the car. A concession to the fact that the factory system is sub-standard perhaps?

  3. SUB-STANDARD is not the word, I once joked to a customer the had a 9-3 that was covered in mud if he had being off-roading over the weekend, he replied that according to his sat-nav he is always off road. The maps are a joke, ive fitted one of the new Nuvi units to my partner’s car lately and she and I both find it excellent, the integrated Bluetooth is a dream.

  4. I’ve used both nav systems in a saab and both work fine. the 9-3 es3-ss2 system and a TomTomGo 700. Both took me to my destination in the quickest time possible however, the TomTom requires a internet (GPRS)connection for traffic info. The Saab intergrated System has Dynamic Route guidance installed and it retieves the info from the RDS info on the radio.

    If users of SATNAV systems insist on use ‘shortest route’ in preferences then they will tend to be directed off main roads as a matter of coarse.

    As a SATNAV system will recalculate if you take different route, you have the choice not to take a certain road if you think you may get stuck or may cause damage to your vehicle.

    Just remember all computer equipment is fast, effective, but stupid. We on the other hand have common sense.

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