Garmin Announces GPS for Motorcycles – Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System
Garmin announced that it is now serving as a tier-one automotive OEM supplier with its newly-developed modular GPS navigation system on the 2006 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Tier-one suppliers provide parts and systems directly to vehicle manufacturers and must meet the demanding performance specifications and quality requirements provided by the manufacturer.
“This marks the first time that Garmin has provided a vehicle manufacturer with a factory installed navigation system,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “The Gold Wing is Honda’s premier touring bike, and navigating the highways and byways just got a lot easier now that Garmin is on board.”
Known as the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System, it provides complete North American mapping with nearly six million points of interest — places like hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and Honda Motorcycle dealerships and service centers — displayed on a large seven-inch integrated display. The Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System gives clear turn-by- turn voice prompted directions through the motorcycle’s audio and intercom system. The system features large, easy-to-use buttons and rugged, solid- state memory for map storage.
“We’re very excited to have the industry’s first fully integrated navigation system on a motorcycle,” said Ray Blank, American Honda’s Motorcycle Division Vice President. “Gold Wing customers expect premier components on their motorcycles and Garmin has delivered with the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System.”
Installed at the factory, the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System is available only on the new 2006 Gold Wing. Three of five trim models feature the system.