Garmin nuMaps Guarantee
Garmin announced today a new program we’ve been hoping for, ever since they eliminated their map update policy. Although not available until October 15, and it only applies to devices purchased after August 17th, if a new map is available within 60 days of purchasing a “new Nuvi or Zumo”, you will now be entitled to download an updated map. (Trumping TomTom’s similar 30 day Latest Map Guarantee.)
“We’re pleased with Garmin’s efforts to make the freshest, most accurate map data available to its customers,” commented Cliff Fox, Senior Vice President, Map Division at NAVTEQ. “Our research indicates that portable navigation device users are more satisfied with their systems when the map data is up-to-date.”
We hoped along with this we would also get an announcement that Garmin has moved beyond the annual map release cycle in favor of quarterly releases, but we haven’t seen any specific indications of this.