Monday, October 31, 2005

Garmin(R) StreetPilot(R) Series Gets an XM Upgrade

OLATHE, Kan., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc.,
a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the StreetPilot 2730, a
feature-packed GPS automotive navigator that is the first to offer real-time
XM NavTraffic, XM Weather, and XM Radio capabilities in a portable product.

"XM gives our customers even more reason to love the new StreetPilot
2730," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "With its
integrated traffic, weather, and audio capabilities, drivers can make even
smarter navigational decisions -- and enjoy their time on the road more."

"Garmin is the leader in portable navigation and XM is the leader in
satellite-delivered entertainment and data services," said Roderick MacKenzie,
XM's vice president of Advanced Applications and Services. "The unmatched
partnership between Garmin and XM has made the newest StreetPilot models the
most advanced portable navigation products ever."

The XM Traffic, Weather and Audio capabilities give the StreetPilot 2730
great utility, even when drivers know exactly where they are. XM NavTraffic
is the first nationwide satellite-based data traffic information service that
enables an overlay of current traffic conditions. Aggregated by NAVTEQ
Traffic from multiple sources, the StreetPilot 2730 uses this data to
automatically calculate and suggest faster alternative routes -- long before
traffic starts backing up.

Accidents, road construction or other incidents affecting traffic are
graphically represented 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.

Additionally, the StreetPilot 2730 can also receive XM Weather data.
Current weather conditions for over 2000 locations and weather forecasts for
162 cities are easily displayed for locations throughout the continental U.S.
County storm and flood warnings are also highlighted, so motorists can make
prudent driving decisions.

The StreetPilot 2730 also offers more than 150 channels of XM Satellite
Radio, featuring 100% commercial-free music as well as more than 30 channels
of news, sports, talk and entertainment. Users can send XM and navigation
audio to their car stereo through the StreetPilot's integrated FM wireless
transmitter or 3.5mm stereo output jack.

The StreetPilot 2730 also comes equipped with an MP3 player that lets
users take their personal music collection on the road and browse music by
artist, album, song, or genre. Loading music is "drag-and-drop" easy -- no
special software is required. The StreetPilot 2730 also works as an audio
book player, with content available for purchase from -- featuring
more than 70,000 hours of audio programs from more than 200 content partners.

In addition to the turn-by-turn voice prompted navigation available in
earlier StreetPilot models, the 2730 actually announces the name of upcoming
streets and points of interest -- letting drivers keep their eyes on the road
while navigating through busy traffic and convoluted roadways. Highly-
detailed maps featuring nearly six million points of interest (POIs)
throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico (destinations like
hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and attractions) come pre-loaded on the
unit's solid-state memory. If a driver strays off-course, the StreetPilot
2730 automatically recalculates a new route.

Users can also augment the pre-loaded maps with Custom POIs from industry
standard CSV files, such as school zones and safety cameras. In addition, a
proximity alert option can warn the driver of upcoming Custom POIs. This
safety feature is designed to help reinforce the importance of traveling at
appropriate and legal speeds.

In addition to point-to-point navigation, the StreetPilot 2730 can
calculate the most efficient route between multiple destinations -- a real
timesaver for realtors, sales forces, and errand-runners. Drivers can also
tell the unit to avoid specific areas or road segments when calculating a

Garmin's GXM 30(TM) antenna, which is included with the StreetPilot 2730,
receives and processes all XM Traffic, Weather and Audio data. For maximum
portability, the magnetic, waterproof, puck-sized GXM 30 can be placed on the
dashboard or the roof of the vehicle.

The StreetPilot 2730 boasts a 3.8-inch (diagonal) WQVGA automotive-grade
color TFT display with touchscreen that automatically adjusts the unit's
backlight for optimum viewability in any amount of light. Drivers can view
the map in either a three-dimensional perspective or a top-down track-up or
north-up view.

With expected availability in the fourth quarter of 2005, the expected
retail price of the StreetPilot 2730 is $1199.00. The unit ships standard
with the GXM 30 antenna, integrated FM wireless transmitter, City
Navigator(TM) North America NT maps pre-loaded, a 12-volt power cable with
external speaker, alphanumeric remote control, PC/USB interface cable, AC
power adapter, beanbag mount, dash mount, owner's manual and quick reference
setup guide.


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