UPDATE: Now available at Amazon too.
Long-time readers know that GPS Now is one of our favorite vendors, due to nice extras like the free FedEx priority overnight shipping they are offering on the Approach G5. So if you order by 5 p.m. Central Time, you can have it tomorrow and be out on the links with it this weekend. Here’s the order link.
And here’s a couple more resources that may be helpful:
Garmin's nuvi 465T page is up, and they've posted screenshots which will give you hard-working truckers an idea of how the interface will work. First of all, note the squiggly road warning in the lower-left section of the screen above. Tapping it probably brings up a detailed warning screen as seen below.
Garmin has announced the nuvi 465T, their first GPS designed for long-haul navigation and delivery trucks. The 465T will support multiple truck profiles and features advanced routing and guidance to support truck-related road restrictions such as height, width, length, weight and hazardous materials. Truckers will be able to enter their truck’s dimensions and load restrictions and the nüvi 465T will adjust many routes based on the customized truck profile and available map data.
REI has inadvertently leaked information on a forthcoming update to the Garmin Oregon handheld lineup -- the Oregon 500 series. It's unclear whether these will be the 500 and 500t or the 550 and 550t, but it does appear that they will include a built-in camera like the Magellan Triton series. We're assuming this will give you the ability to take geotagged photos. This could help explain the $50 rebate (PDF) on the current Oregon series, which expires May 10.
A little more information is trickling out on the Garmin nuvi 1200 and 1300 series units that were announced yesterday. One of the more interesting things is this tidbit -- with an "enhanced user interface, you can slide your finger to conveniently scroll between screens." I wonder if screen order can be customized.
Garmin has announced eight (!) new nuvi models that come with urban pedestrian navigation enhancements. Significantly thinner than previous models, "the nüvi 1200 and 1300 series are the first nüvi devices to offer pedestrian navigation capability enabled through optional CityXplorer™ maps. CityXplorer maps are available for select tourist destinations in both North America and Europe, and can easily be downloaded directly to the nüvi."
Navigon is announcing three new models today -- the 3300 max, 4300T and 7300T. The big news is the MyRoutes feature, which provides up to three route choices with distance and ETA calculated for all entered destinations, factoring in speed limits, construction and traffic. As you can see above, route options are displayed on a map with ETA and driving time.
Garmin has discontinued the nuvi 2x0 and 7x0 series, leaving the multi-use 5x0 series as the only nuvis without text-to-speech (EDIT: Oops, not quite). Earlier this year, the nuvi 8x0 series was discontinued as well.
This may or may not presage new arrivals in the marketplace. Most PND manufacturers seem to be taking a cautious approach to new introductions this year. Nevertheless, Garmin has cleared up a backlog of inventory; the most likely time for new product announcements would be at CeBIT early next month.