Depending on where you work, your drive there is either easy or painful depending on what time of day it is. To make your drive a lot less hectic, Garmin announces their new Drive navigation systems, which receives a lot of new features to make the trek a lot easier.
The Drive will now offer a number of driver alerts, such as warnings for upcoming sharp curves, train crossings, and probably the most interesting, red-light cameras. They will also be getting Garmin’s Real Directions feature, which adds contextual notes like passing landmarks or large buildings to simplify navigation. You’ll also be able to share the vehicle’s location with friends and family.
It’ll also be able to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, which when paired, it’ll provide live traffic and parking conditions to and around your selected destination. For Smartwatch users, there is a Watch Link app, which will guide the user back to their parked car.
There is also the Drive Smart, which offers the same features as the Drive, but it can connect to your home’s WiFi to download new maps and software updates. It can also handle calls and texts through the navigation screen for hands-free use when a phone is connected via Bluetooth.
Finally, there is the Drive Assist, which adds a dash cam for users to record their drive. A microSD card is included, so there is no need to go out and by an additional one. The camera also includes forward collision and lane departure warnings. The Drive Lux is essentially the exact same device as the Drive Smart, but just in a nicer metal housing. Pricing for the Drive systems start at $150 and go up to $330, and will be available in February.
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