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New Garmin Drive sat nav range puts focus on driver awareness

Debuting at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, the range comprises four models – Garmin Drive, Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist and Garmin DriveLuxe – all of which feature a number of driver alerts. These include warnings for upcoming sharp curves, railway or animal crossings, alerts for users driving the wrong way on a one-way street and more. Drivers also receive red light and speed camera alerts as well as traffic information with fast-approaching traffic jam notifications. For longer routes, a fatigue warning alert suggests potential break times and available rest areas or places to stop.

Garmin Drive also includes preloaded data from Foursquare POIs whilst Garmin DriveSmart boasts all of the features from Garmin Drive and adds customisable smart notifications that allow drivers to display calls, text messages and app notifications on the navigation screen.

In addition, Garmin DriveAssist includes a built-in dash cam including a microSD card. The device also brings more advanced driver awareness alerts, such as the Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings as well as the new “Go” Alert, a camera-assisted feature that notifies distracted drivers when traffic ahead of their vehicle begins to move.

Finally Garmin DriveLuxe brings automatic dual orientation and enhanced navigation features for more driver awareness.

The Garmin Drive range is expected to be available in the UK and Ireland from late March 2016 and RRPs will be £99.99 to £299.99.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.