OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced a new generation of advanced navigation for motorcyclists with the introduction of the BMW Motorrad Navigator VI. Combining the latest advancements in Garmin navigation with BMW-specific functions, the new Navigator VI features a resistive 5-inch touch window display that is easy-to-read, particularly under bright sunlight conditions thanks to its circular polarizer filter. To enhance the motorcycling experience, this new navigator introduces a new GPS and Glonass receiver that allows it to spot additional satellites at any given time. The Navigator VI also has the power to stream music via Bluetooth®, which lets riders enjoy and control their favorite music from a compatible Apple® or Android™ device as well as other Bluetooth media sources through the navigator to a Bluetooth headset.
“It’s exciting to see the evolution of the BMW Motorrad Navigator series throughout the years,” said Matt Munn, Garmin automotive OEM managing director. “With the BMW Motorrad Navigator VI, we are implementing advanced features that allow music streaming directly to a rider’s Bluetooth headset and new sophisticated routing options that will enhance the overall riding experience for enthusiasts.”
Advanced navigation features on the Navigator VI facilitate the needs and situational awareness of motorcyclists on the road. Riders will now have access to free live services1 that provide real time live traffic2, weather radar visibility, smart notifications1 directly on the viewer display screen, lifetime maps3 and more. With the new Round Trip Routing feature, riders are given access to route configurations by taking time, distance and temporary destinations into account to make the most of their ride. In conjunction with curvy routing mode and the alternative to avoid motorways, the Navigator VI now has the option to deviate from unchanging and often wearisome major roads that can take away from the thrill of an adventurous ride.
To provide the most efficient riding experience, the Navigator VI is preloaded with BMW Motorrad Dealer points of interest as well as trip planning capabilities to create trips with 30 via points and approximately 125 shaping points between each via point. A tracking app is also available to share locations with friends and family during a ride. On select BMW motorcycles with navigation prep, riding enthusiasts can even use MMC (multi-controller) commands that guide motorcyclists to their favorite locations while their hands remain firmly on the handlebars. Additionally, the Navigator VI can be used to control Garmin VIRB action cameras (sold separately) wirelessly to record video, snap pictures during a ride, and show off meaningful video with G-Metrix sensor data built within the action camera that can show how far, how high, and how fast users went during a ride.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator VI is expected to be available April 2017 at BMW Motorrad dealers in Europe and North America.
The Garmin automotive OEM group utilizes the company’s long-standing experience in user interface and hardware design from its automotive, avionics and marine segments to develop innovative in-car navigation, telematics, and infotainment systems. The company’s broad range of in-vehicle electronics for the automotive industry includes full infotainment and telematics systems, navigation software, location-based services, and integrated portable navigation systems. Garmin has dedicated automotive OEM offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit the Garmin virtual pressroom at Garmin.com/newsroom, contact the media relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us on facebook.com/Garmin, twitter.com/Garmin, or youtube.com/Garmin.
1 To receive live services and smart notifications on your navigator, you must download the free Smartphone Link app. User’s data plan charges, if any, will apply. Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates. Requires Bluetooth-enabled smartphone (sold separately).
2 Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. A traffic receiver’s “useful life” means the period during which the receiver (a) has the required technical capabilities to utilize current traffic data service and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. Traffic content not available in all areas.
3 Lifetime maps entitle you to receive map updates when and as such updates are made available by Garmin during the useful life of compatible Garmin products or as long as Garmin receives map data from a third-party supplier, whichever is shorter. For the meaning of a product’s “useful life” and for other important terms and conditions, please see Garmin.com/LM for details.
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