Monday, October 31, 2005

Garmin Taps XM NavTraffic Powered by NAVTEQ Traffic for Real-Time Data

CHICAGO, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading
global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based
solutions, and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd.
(Nasdaq: GRMN), 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

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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