Garmin gets going with 3D

Published on July 19th, 2009

Undoubtedly, Garmin has earned its stripes in the navigation system sectors, reaching a level of recognizably even with the tech-illiterates.

Aiming to stay ahead of the game, the new Garmin Nuvi 765 was launched on 18th June with a host of enhancements that promise to enrich your navigation experience with the utmost ease and usability.

The most exciting feature is the display of 3D landmarks with rotation on the maps. The availability of 3D landmarks such as famous buildings on the map will create improved visual awareness for the driver, drastically cutting the time to recognize a point or mark being displayed on the map.

As of the launch, only fifty-one 3D landmarks have been inputted into the local maps but Aeco Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd, the authorized Garmin distributor, assured us that by October this year that number will rise to one hundred 3D landmarks.

Another interesting feature is the Junction View function that pops out a real-life picture of certain approaching junctions aside the map to make life easier for the driver to recognize the location. Currently, the feature incorporates 300 junctions locally as well as 300 for Singapore.

Garmin are hoping to have approximately 1,400 junctions for the feature by July with a breakdown of 712 junctions for Malaysia (368 for Kuala Lumpur, 173 for Johor Bahru and 171 for Penang) and 668 for Singapore.

Being a multicultural melting pot mandates having a plethora of festivals that bring about shouts of ‘balik kampung,’ prompting long-winded highway journeys. Taking this into consideration, Highway mode shows upcoming highway exits on the navigation page so you won’t miss your exit and have to make a massive U-turn.

Expanding on the touch screen capabilities of the 4.3-inch display, the Garmin 765 is now able to recognize handwriting input in the Queen’s language, traditional and simplified Chinese but only for Places of Interest (POI) saves and searches.

Those hell-bent on saving the tiniest drop of fuel will break a smile for the ecoRoute feature. Using the feature with the Nuvi provides the driver with details regarding fuel consumption based on driving habits. Keeping in mind accuracy is the key to the fuel-saving game, ecoRoute allows the driver to create a custom profile based on the details of the vehicles.

As you may have noticed, most of the additional points are being implemented in baby steps and will soon be increased. As is the norm, all the updates for the 3D landmarks and Junction View can be downloaded at www.garmin.com.sg for a premium charge of zero dollars.

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Following the launch, a promotional package for the Garmin Nuvi 765 is available from all the authorized distributors with a free Garmin AC charger and friction mount pad. The launching promotion will be held until 21 June. There is currently a promotional booth running at the lower ground floor of Mid Valley Megamall with all the information you could need regarding the Nuvi 765.

The Nuvi 765 is also available through all the Garmin showrooms located at the Digital Mall in Section 14 PJ, the Digital Mall in USJ 19 and Lowyat Plaza.

For more information, log on to www.aeco.com.my.

Stay tuned as we try to get our hands on a unit to toss into the melting pot and see how it survives.

words & pix: Dinesh Appavu

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