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Garmin to Offer Android-Based Fleet Navigators


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Transport Topics / August 25, 2014

Garmin International has introduced two Android-based fleet navigators.

The fleet 660 for local fleets and the fleet 670 for commercial truck fleets allow service providers to introduce customized applications and value-added services. The new devices also connect to and control a wide range of external devices over wi-fi, Bluetooth or serial cable.

“The fleet 660 and 670 are our first fleet products that combine trusted Garmin navigation and hardware with the flexibility of Android,” said Chad Sallman, Senior Business Development Manager for Commercial Solutions at Garmin. “These new devices remove many of the hurdles fleet service providers face today, making it easier than ever to develop customized solutions for both medium and large, enterprise class customers.“

Providers can integrate existing applications from their partners for signature captures, work orders or inspection reports, for example.

The fleet 660 and 670 hardware is optimized for in-cab use with a dust-proof design, high-sensitivity GPS, extra loud speaker, and a sunlight readable, 6-inch capacitive touch screen.

The fleet 660 and 670 include the latest navigation technology from Garmin, such as Garmin Real Directions, voice activated navigation, Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts as well as free lifetime traffic1 and maps2.

Both devices also feature an integrated gyroscope to record and analyze driving behavior and support Near Field Communication for driver and vehicle identification and data synchronization.

The fleet 660 is designed for local-service fleets while the fleet 670 is intended for commercial long-haul trucking fleets with its trucking-specific functions, such as route calculation based on truck attributes, trucking points of interest, Hours of Service logging, and International Fuel Tax Agreement Documentation.

The fleet 660 has a suggested retail price of $399.99 and the fleet 670 has a suggested retail price of $449.99. Both devices are expected to become available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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