Garmin, a company known largely for its aftermarket navigation systems, will officially debut its first factory-installed in-car infotainment system at this week's New York Auto Show. In the past, Garmin has partnered with some automakers to offer pop-up navi systems as an affordable solution to buyers who want the functionality in their vehicles. This new system, which will be available in most 2013 model year Suzukis, now offers a full suite of infotainment tech.

The Garmin interface uses a 6.1-inch touch-screen display that fully incorporates all audio functions, as well as Bluetooth, backup camera support and, of course, navigation. There's even a way to operate Pandora, though the app will run via a connected smartphone. The system also has full voice control functionality for all of its applications.

Additionally, this new infotainment system can provide real-time information such as traffic, weather, dynamic parking and fuel prices via the Android-based Garmin Smartphone Link app. The company says that Smartphone Link works off of the customer's existing data plan, so users don't have to shell out any extra money for additional data.

We'll be checking out the new Garmin infotainment system this week at the New York Auto Show, so stay tuned for more impressions. For the full details, scroll down to read Garmin's official press release.
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Garmin® Enters In-Car Infotainment Market with Factory-Installed Suzuki System

OLATHE, Kan./April 2, 2012/Business Wire - Garmin®International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that it will provide a fully integrated, factory-installed infotainment system for most American 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles. Garmin's infotainment system combines a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with a full-featured infotainment platform, including AM/FM/CD radio, multi-media playback, backup camera support, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity, Pandora radio and Garmin's award-winning navigation. The intuitive user interface with advanced voice control makes it easy to operate the system and switch between functions. The Garmin infotainment system will be on display at the Suzuki booth (#1507) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at the New York International AutoShow during the press days (April 4-5, 2012).

"We're pleased to extend our cooperation with Suzuki Motor Corporation by providing our fully integrated infotainment platform that goes beyond GPS navigation and provides a whole range of information and entertainment functions," said Matt Munn, Garmin's managing director automotive OEM. "By leveraging our long-standing experience in developing navigation software, user interfaces and hardware design, we created an integrated system that is easy to use and makes driving more enjoyable."

Garmin's Suzuki system includes the following functionalities:

Media and music integration: Music and media is integrated in multiple ways, providing users a wide range of options to choose from. This includes an integrated AM/FM radio and CD player as well as several interfaces that allow user to play music from external devices such as a mobile phone or iPod, including a USB and AUX jack, Bluetooth and a SD card slot. Also included is an integration with Pandora (via a connected smartphone[1]) that allows users to easily browse and select their personalized radio stations, skip a track or give a song a thumbs-up or down.

Navigation: The system integrates Garmin's intuitive and award-winning navigation, providing premium road guidance with spoken turn-by-turn directions and street names, PhotoReal Junction View with lane guidance, optional traffic via TMC, speed limit and current speed displays, millions of points of interest, a customizable data menu and many other features. The navigation system has access to vehicle speed sensors to provide precise location information even when a GPS signal is not available, for example in tunnels. When switching to other menus, such as the music player, navigation directions will continue and visual cues will be displayed at the top of the screen. Map updates can easily be downloaded to a SD card from a Garmin Web portal.

Full voice control: Users can control the system with voice commands, which helps reduce driver distraction. This includes all the integrated functions, such as navigation, radio, CD player and Pandora. Garmin's one-shot address entry technology allows user to speak a full address at once without going through multiple steps. Additionally, the system includes steering wheel control buttons on selected vehicles to activate voice recognition or directly control certain functions, such as the volume, switching between radio stations or accepting and ending calls.

Connected services: Real-time information, such as traffic, dynamic parking, weather and fuel prices,will be available through Garmin Smartphone Link[2]. This app can easily link an Android phone to the Suzuki infotainment system via Bluetooth. It utilizes the existing data connection of a smartphone to bring live services to the vehicle, so users don't have to pay for an extra data plan.

Backup camera support: When backing up, the system automatically displays the backup camera on the screen, so drivers get a better view of what's behind the vehicle.

Hands-free Bluetooth: The integrated Bluetooth calling function allows users to make calls hands free. A phone can easily be synced via Bluetooth and then controlled with voice commands.

The hardware of the Suzuki Infotainment System is designed and built by Garmin and includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, an AM/FM tuner, a CD player, a USB and an AUX jack, a SD card slot and internal flash memory. Garmin's infotainment system will be available for selected Suzuki vehicles in Australia and New Zealand, Europe, North America and Russia.

Garmin's automotive OEM business segment provides a broad range of in-vehicle electronics for the automotive industry, including automotive grade infotainment and telematics systems, navigation software, location-based services, and integrated portable navigation systems. Garmin has agreements with leading brands in the automotive sector such as BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Kenwood, Panasonic, Suzuki and Toyota, among others.


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      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought Chrysler's Nav units were made by Garmin.
        Mark Werther
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        I think the crucial difference is that the current Chrysler systems are JUST nav, while this new release includes a full suite of infotainment.
          Jim
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mark Werther
          I believe you're right, Mark. I didn't clarify that point.
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        I think they just use the Garmin software. Garmin's not the manufacturer.
      subzerohf
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's about time for an afforable alternative to those OEM systems offered by other car brands, which are overly complicated and expensive.
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you want to see a really cool Garmin Integration just google or youtube Cirrus Perspective. It's a Cirrus plane with Garmin's Highway in the Sky technology. Go to your local airport and ask for a demo flight. It might be a little overwhelming but most car aficionados might like it.
      Silentnoise713
      • 2 Years Ago
      Garmin needs to integrate more with other tech or do something different. Merge with a radar detector or something to give it an edge. They are getting old as smart phones become the new infotainment (no reference to chatting/texting).
      gfviperman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't my 2011 RAM have a Garmin???
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gfviperman
        For navigation but not the entertainment and other features of your stereo/climate control/vehicle operations system.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel like Suzuki's products can't compete well with others. But I still have a soft spot for its cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Marques Bland
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think what's more interesting is that Suzuki is still making cars!
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marques Bland
        Well they are, and they sell like a million plus a year in South Asia!
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      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      The whole integration of it in the dashboard looks soooo 2000-2004...
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks homely. It also looks like someone rigged it in their garage.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Garmin should start selling aftermarket units, like Pioneer, JVC etc. Garmin makes much better navigation software than any of the currently available brands.
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