GPS Goes Green

To attract new GPS buyers in a less than ideal consumer economy, Garmin will offer two new “green” reasons to choose them for your GPS navigation needs. The first is an eco-friendly “green” option for navigation instructions. The second is a wallet-friendly “green” option that saves money with a new map download program.


gr-ecoroute150Garmin has developed EcoRoute, which will be available as a free GPS software download beginning January 21st.

EcoRoute introduces an alternative to route options. Now you can choose EcoRoute and receive an itinerary with the most fuel-efficient route. With EcoRoute on your sat nav, you can also choose your vehicle type in the Tools menu to enter your vehicle’s fuel economy.

This GPS software will also feature fuel and mileage reports, monitoring fuel economy by tracking mileage and fuel usage for each individual trip. This will help you determine whether your vehicle is delivering its promised fuel efficiency. When you apply EcoRoute to your trip, it will also calculate your savings when you enter current gas prices, as well as offer fuel-saving tips for your next trip.

Maps for Life

To save you some “green” for your wallet, Garmin has come up with an alternative to expensive map downloads with nuMaps garmin-numapsLifetime Map Update Program. Now, for a one-time fee, you can download updated points of interest, addresses, and streets to your in car GPS, car sat nav, or portable GPS Garmin unit for life. There are usually four updates per year, and subscribers will be alerted by email each time a new one is available. Then, the updated maps and points of interest information will download to your computer and transfer to your GPS navigation device with a USB cable.

However, you won’t be able to transfer your lifetime subscription to another Garmin GPS device if you upgrade, a single map update currently costs $69.99. There will be three versions available for this program:

  • City Navigator NT North America for $119.99
  • City Navigator Europe NT for $139.99
  • City Navigator Transatlantic for $149.99

If you are looking to go “green” for the environment, Garmin may be an alternative to consider.

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