Garmin Debuts Backup Camera With PND; Dash Cam

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Garmin 2798LMT

Garmin, at CES is launching its first nuvi portable navigation device (PND) to come with a wireless backup camera.

The nüvi 2798LMT has a bright 7-inch display and works without wires with a ruggedized camera that mounts on the rear of the vehicle (Garmin recommends professional installation of the camera).

The PND and camera communicate over a GHz proprietary system. The startup time for the image to appear on the screen is 2 seconds and the latency (lag time for images to transmit)  is 200 milliseconds.

If the camera is wired to the reverse lights for power, the PND can automatically display the camera feed when the car shifts into reverse.  Users can also toggle between navigation and camera modes at the touch of a button.

The nüvi 2798LMT includes new Garmin technology such as Garmin Real Directions, voice activated navigation, free lifetime traffic and maps and Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts.  It is expected to ship in February at a suggested retail price of $399.99.

Also new from Garmin is a dash camera with a mini screen to continuously record a view of the road ahead and document any fender benders, protecting drivers from liability.

Garmin Dash Cam
Garmin Dash Cam

The high definition Dash Cam can mount on a windshield and record a wide angle view of the road.

It automatically starts recording when the engine is turned on and stops when it is turned off.

It has a built-in gravity sensor to detect traffic incidents such as hard braking or a collision, and then it saves the relevant video files.

“Garmin Dash Cam is like a personal eyewitness that never misses an incident and provides proof of what happens on the road,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.

It records 1080p, 720p or WVGA video files in a continuous loop, using its 4 GB microSD card. To add more memory, users can add a larger microSD card (up to 32 GB).

The 2.3-inch color display lets you review video directly on the device. And you can use it as a camera to take a close-up view of property damage.

The Dash Cam 10 (without GPS) has a suggested retail price of $219.99 and Dash Cam 20 (with GPS to time stamp and geo-tag video footage) has a suggested retail price of $249.99. Both cameras are expected to become available in February 2014.

Garmin is displaying during CES in the South Hall 4 #35812, Las Vegas Convention Center.



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