Mercedes-Benz has announced Garmin will provide fully integrated navigation for the automaker's future infotainment systems. Over the next four years, buyers will find the familiar and easy-to-use Garmin interface show up in the German manufacturer's new models.

Garmin says the systems will also include a small secondary display for upcoming turn information, and users will also be able to control the navigation system via either the vehicle's rotary control or voice commands. The system will also work with the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Driver Assistance System to provide location services for "challenging situations."

Mercedes-Benz is the second major automaker to adopt Garmin for navigation. Chrysler has successfully employed the tech as part of its UConnect system (seen in the photo above), offering up intuitive navigation with good graphics. In our experience, the Chrysler units are accurate and fairly quick, though we have noted some lag in city environments. You can check out the full press release about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz system below.
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Garmin to Provide In-Dash Navigation for Future Mercedes-Benz Models

OLATHE, Kan./April 2, 2013/Business Wire - Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that Daimler AG has selected Garmin as global navigation provider for future Mercedes-Benz models. Garmin's award-winning navigation will be fully integrated into Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems over the next four years.

"Being selected by Daimler as their global tier-one navigation solution partner is a testament to Garmin's growing capability and exceptional product quality in the auto OEM space," said Matt Munn, Garmin managing director automotive OEM. "We are honored by Daimler's confidence in Garmin and we look forward to working with them to deliver an exceptional navigation experience for the world's most discerning drivers."

Building upon Garmin's easy-to-use interface, advanced navigation functionality will be seamlessly integrated into the Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems to provide an efficient and intuitive experience. In addition to displaying navigation and maps on the in-dash display, users will have access to important driver information, such as next turn, at a glance on a second display, positioned behind the steering wheel. The Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems also allow users to control navigation functions through the system's rotary controller or via voice command functionality. Furthermore, Garmin's next-generation navigation software will provide critical positioning information for Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) functionalities of the vehicle to assist drivers in challenging situations.

Garmin's 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. Garmin'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.

About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. A component of the S&P 500 index, Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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      sjmoo
      • 1 Year Ago
      My first reaction to reading this was: "Oh no, they've lost it". However, it actually makes a lot of sense. Benz navigation has always been pretty pathetic with inconsistent street naming and only so-so graphics. This will improve the accuracy of the nav-system and allow Benz to invest more money into other aspects of their infotainment system. It's actually a pretty smart move.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sjmoo
        As a Mercedes owner I can attest to the fact that Mercedes navigation is abysmal at best. It is like they don't even try.
      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's very smart for Garmin and all the other brands to start their exit strategies because with the advancements of smartphones I see sales of portable GPS dropping off. I use to hate phone GPS because they were inferior but with my most recent phone upgrade (LG Optimus G) I am a convert. With my previous phone (Galaxy S2) it wasn't bad either. Plus the GPS app is free and basically has all the same features as my Garmin and is more up to date and faster.
      bluemoonric
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buying a car with factory navigation makes no sense to me. Replacing or repairing a factory nav unit will never be cheap. You can throw away a Garmin or Tom Tom every 6 months and still save money.
        lostboyz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluemoonric
        That's the whole point, you stick with a company that already rolls out updates so you don't have to make your own.
        canuckcharlie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluemoonric
        only for the convienience of not having to put it away everytime i leave the vehicle or worry about people break in to steal it
        Vinny68
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluemoonric
        Building an outhouse would be cheaper than adding a bathroom to your home but I would prefer to use the one that is fully integrated.
      Chris Burns
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes, Continuing to steal from Chrysler lol
      cabose369
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda/Acura should switch to using Garmin too because their GPS system SUCKS!!!!!!
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they should of went with Google Earth like Audi. Nothing wrong with the functional aspect of Garmin but its certainly not as visually appealing as Google's navigation. It looks rather basic in the Chrysler models.
        sjmoo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        In order to use Google maps the car needs to have a 3G/4G connection. That works great for navigating through urban areas where there is widespread data coverage, but a traditional satellite connection is much more reliable. Mercedes' mBrace app system will probably allow people to acquire Google Maps if they prefer, but the Garmin system will be there for those times that internet-connected navigation just isn't possible.
      ddirkdiggler302
      • 1 Year Ago
      they will find a way to mess it up
      Luis
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sucks. What they all should do is to allow Bluetooth streaming of the video and audio navigation we all get free through our smartphones. All that would take is a cheap app. Most cars already come with a 4-8 inch screen, just connect the phone\'s nav and you\'re done. Of course that would mean they can\'t keep charging idiots two thousand dollars for something their phones already give them for free.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Big deal. If MB were to offer lifetime nav upgrade like I have with my portable Garmin, maybe. I'll just keep with the itty biddy 5" garmin portable nav.
      sortabad83
      • 1 Year Ago
      Except Chrysler is switching to Harmon Kardon in their new vehicles. The new Ram and Grand Cherokee no longer have Garmin Nav.
      Pdexter
      • 1 Year Ago
      If i remember correctly Garmin uses Navteq/Nokia Maps data. Should be great because their European maps are by far the best.
      TrueDat
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Garmin UI isn't very 'pretty', for lack of a better description.. I'm surprised manufactures are are going that route without going for a different look. That aside, Garmin software is the best.. maybe that's enough in its own.
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