A Look at Popular Garmin GPS Lane Assistant Units
Garmin has around eleven series for serving as GPS lane assistants. Out of these, the NUVI series is the most feature-rich and has around ten sub-models in the product line. All of the NUVI series fall in the range of $299 to $500. The latest is NUVI 5000 that is available directly on the website if you wish to buy it. The cheapest model is NUVI 255, priced at $185. You can also get a better bargain if you look for the set at any of the auction sites. Other than the NUVI, the GVN 53 is yet another GPS lane assistant from Garmin, priced at $599.
Garmin NUVI 5000
The Garmin NUVI 5000 is primarily designed for heavy vehicles. It has a large display of 5.2" that makes it easy for the driver to locate his/her position and navigate accordingly. The set comes with several pre-loaded maps containing Point of Interests (POI) such as hotels, attractions, ATMs, and much more. The GPS lane navigator employs a touch screen and both video and audio output. You can set the audio on so that you do not have to look at the display every now and then. It also allows customization of maps for future use. The GPS lane assistant also contains a feature called "Where Am I". This feature shows your exact location so that you can get help in emergencies with the display also showing nearest police stations and hospitals pertaining to your position. In addition, you also get to know the speed limit on different lanes thereby avoiding fines. As mentioned earlier, the unit has the capability to show you pre-determined travel routes when you enter your destination. You can select the one you feel comfortable with and also alter the course in case there is traffic congestion in any of the lanes.
Garmin NUVI 1200 GPS Lane Assistant
This is same as the NUVI 5000 except that it is ultra-thin, meaning you can carry it anywhere with you. It contains pre-loaded maps of all the major cities of North America and some major cities of Europe. Additional maps can be downloaded at a charge of $9.99. Other features remain same as in Garmin NUVI 5000: touch-screen, audio output, and "Where am I" feature.
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