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American GPS pioneer Garmin has unveiled its new line of portable DriveSmart GPS navigators with larger screens, preloaded travel features and updated voice assistance. Garmin DriveSmart units feature six-, seven-, and eight-inch high-definition displays that rival most infotainment screens in brightness and clarity. In addition, the DriveSmart 86 series with its eight-inch screen is mountable in landscape or portrait mode.
“The new Garmin DriveSmart series does more than just navigate to a destination with new, larger display options,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of global sales.
Garmin DriveSmart functionality
Garmin DriveSmart navigators are preloaded with maps of North America and Europe, offer hands-free calling, and warn the driver of speed changes, tight corners or other potential hazards. DriveSmart 66, 76, and 86 also offer Tripadvisor traveler ratings (for recommended restaurants, hotels, and other tourist attractions), famous Foursquare points of interest, and a handy list of US national parks.
The all-new DriveSmart series also has an upgraded voice assist feature that allows hands-free operation while asking the drive for directions. A unique environmental routing feature alerts the driver to restrictive zones.
Technology and connectivity
Garmin DriveSmart navigators have built-in Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi connectivity and two USB-C ports. Additionally, the Garmin DriveSmart series provides access to real-time traffic updates, real-time traffic cameras, weather reports and fuel prices when paired with the Garmin Drive app on your smartphone. And every Garmin DriveSmart can receive updates over the air.
“Whether drivers choose the six, seven or eight inch display, they can follow the recommended route very clearly and at the same time view relevant information such as traffic notifications and fuel prices along the way to really simplify their driving experience.” Bartel added.
Prices and availability
Our experience with Garmin
Without a doubt, Garmin GPS units are some of the most advanced on the market today, rivaling popular competitors like TomTom Go Discover and Mio MiVue Drive 65 LM in both functionality and ease of use. We currently own a Garmin dash cam tandem, which we used while filming of new vehicle reviews.