Garmin taps navigation technologies for mapping data to power BMW Motorcycles

Garmin taps navigation technologies for mapping data to power BMW Motorcycles

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Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless, handheld devices and business applications, has announced that its NAVTECH digital map data will be used by Garmin International to power navigation systems designed for a specific line of 2002 BMW motorcycles. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., a leading manufacturer of GPS-enabled navigation, communication and information devices, rolled out the navigation systems called the BMW Motorcycles Navigator on BMW’s K 1200 LTE line of touring motorcycles in December 2001. A motorcyclist version of Garmin’s popular StreetPilot III satellite navigation system, also powered by NAVTECH data, BMW Motorcycles Navigator takes the best of Garmin technology and offers BMW riders exclusive value-added features-including a unique audio wiring, mounting system, built-in database of BMW Motorcycle dealers and a 64-MB datacard. This portable satellite navigation system pinpoints the riders’ location on a high-resolution, colour map and delivers the added benefits of dynamic turn-by-turn directions coupled with voice guidance. The main feature of the BMW Motorcycle Navigator that sets it apart from the rest is the “Safety Function Mode,” with specially designed programs that will restrict the customer from using it while the motorcycle is in motion.