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New Garmin StreetPilot 2730, 7200, 7500 use NAVTEQ Maps


NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. , today announced the StreetPilot 7200, StreetPilot 7500 and Streetpilot 2730, will offer XM NavTraffic powered by NAVTEQ Traffic(TM), the first satellite-based data traffic information service that enables an overlay of current traffic conditions.

The latest StreetPilot automotive GPS navigation devices offer optional traffic management systems that make driving with GPS essential, even if the driver is familiar with the route. The unit notifies the driver of accidents, road construction, and weather-related traffic delays before they are encountered, and then offers an alternative route to avoid the traffic or road hazard.

The StreetPilot 2730, 7200, and 7500 graphically represent accidents, road construction or other incidents affecting traffic as icons on the navigation map. Information relating to a traffic incident is also available including the precise location, lanes affected, and the predicted duration. Roadways are color-coded to indicate directional traffic flow speed.

NAVTEQ Traffic combines data from multiple sources, including the leading commercial traffic data providers, government departments of transportation, police and emergency services, road sensors, cameras and airborne reports. NAVTEQ Traffic data includes planned incidents (such as construction), unplanned incidents (such as accidents and disabled vehicles) and flow (speed and movement of traffic). Once received, traffic data is linked to the map for wireless delivery to the navigation system via XM NavTraffic.

NAVTEQ Traffic is currently available in 22 markets including: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco/Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington D.C.

All three StreetPilot models offer turn-by-turn voice prompted navigation and announce the name of upcoming streets and points of interest — letting drivers keep their eyes on the road while navigating to addresses or nearly six million points of interest throughout North America. Motorists can also receive XM Weather data (information like current conditions, forecasts, and storm warnings) as well as over 150 channels of XM Satellite Radio. The StreetPilot 2730 features a 3.8″ diagonal display, while the StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 feature seven-inch displays.

The StreetPilot 7200 will have an estimated retail price of $1499; the StreetPilot 7500 will have an estimated retail price of $1800; the StreetPilot 2370 is expected to retail for $1199.00. All units are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2005.

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