Today, via a barrage of press releases, navigation company Garmin announced its nüvi 2400 series of personal GPS devices and its first iPhone navigation application, StreetPilot.
The 2400 series of personal navigation devices will come in four different models and offer a variety of features, including live-traffic updating, hands-free calling, voice activated navigation, and lifetime map updates. All four models will feature a 5-inch display, include Bluetooth connectivity, and boast several new software convenience features. “All models feature nüRoute with trafficTrends and myTrends predictive routing,” reads the press release. “With trafficTrends, nüvi automatically learns traffic flow trends to improve route calculation and better predict the estimated time of arrival based on time of day and day of week.” The release continues, “with myTrends, nüvi will, over time, begin to anticipate a route to favorite destinations as soon as the device is powered up.” The 2400 series is priced between $249.99 and $349.99 and will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
Garmin’s StreetPilot iPhone app features many of the features available on the company’s automotive GPS devices including, free traffic alerts, lane assist, and speed limit indicators. The software is cloud-based — meaning you need an internet connection to download the maps — supports multitasking, and is priced at $39.99. StreetPilot weighs in at a modest 7.5MB, can navigate both the U.S. and Canada, and is available in the App Store today.