If you’re looking to upgrade your commute, Garmin’s latest range of in-car tech is here to save the day.
Garmin has recently announced its all-new range of voice-controlled dash cams for 2021, complete with automatic video storage and live view monitoring to help drivers try to capture the exact moment when incidents occur.
There’s also the new DriveSmart sat nav series – a fresh lineup of portable car GPS sat navs designed to bring a new level of simplicity and information to drivers with large displays and innovative features designed to try to make your driving experience safer and more enjoyable.
Here are five ways Garmin can help make your commute safer and easier.
Save your no claims discount with Garmin’s Dash Cams
Traffic accidents can happen at any time of day, but they’re more likely during rush hour when people are commuting to work, preoccupied thinking about the day ahead (or slightly drowsy from an early start). If you have an accident that’s not your fault then you’ll want a dash cam to try to prove your innocence and save your no claims discount.
Garmin’s latest Dash Cam series, the Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2, 47, 57, and 67W are some of the most innovative and cutting-edge devices on the market. The pocket-sized cameras are designed to remain virtually unnoticed on the windshield while recording and automatically saving video of any detected incidents to Garmin’s new online video Vault.
The dash cams record crisp HD video with proprietary Garmin Clarity HDR (High Dynamic Range) optics which capture sharp details day and night.
You can drive to and from work, safe with the knowledge that if, god forbid, an incident does happen, then you’ll probably have video evidence of it.
Keep safe with Garmin safety alerts
Commutes can be hectic and stressful, but Garmin’s latest range of dash cams and DriveSmart series sat navs feature a range of features that aim to keep you safe behind the wheel.
For example, the second generation Garmin Dash Cam series provide Driver Alerts, such as forward collision and lane departure warnings help encourage a safer driving experience.
The new DriveSmart 66, 76 and 86 sat navs also features alerts to improve situational awareness. You’ll receive warnings for upcoming speed changes, sharp curves along the route and other potential hazards, all of which will help you stay up-to-date on upcoming and potentially hazardous road conditions.
Avoid the traffic with Gamin’s sat navs
Find the quickest route to work thanks to Garmin’s mapping and access to real-time traffic and live traffic cameras. You’ll even get weather and fuel prices when the sat nav is paired with your smartphone and the Garmin Drive app.
Best of all, the maps look stunning on the large, crisp 6, 7 or 8-inch high-definition displays, the latter of which can be mounted in either landscape or portrait mode.
When you’re not driving to work, the new Garmin DriveSmart series comes loaded with road trip-ready functions to help you discover the best destinations along your route – you can find Tripadvisor traveller ratings for restaurants, hotels and attractions along the way, as well as millions of popular points of interest from Foursquare.
Keep entertained and set up routines with Amazon Alexa
In order to make your commute more entertaining, Garmin’s latest sat navs come with Alexa built-in. You to ask to play music, audiobooks, or hear the latest news.
You can also link up to other Alexa-powered devices, so, for example, if it’s a bit chilly you can turn the heating on before you get home.
Best of all, it’s all hands-free, so you can keep your eyes on the road.
Keep an eye on your car while at work
Okay, so your commute is covered, but what about when you arrive at work? Garmin has also introduced Live View monitoring and Parking Guard alerts. This will let you stream video directly from the camera when it has constant power, and will inform you if an incident is detected around your car when it's parked.
Videos of any detected incidents are saved in Garmin’s new subscription-based Vault. The Vault saves videos automatically and stores them securely online for 24 hours. You also have the option to store clips for up to 30 days.
You can read more about Garmin’s 2021 Dash Cam and DriveSmart range over on the brand’s website. The Dash Cam series is available now and has suggested retail prices ranging from £99.99 to £199.99, while the DriveSmart series is priced from £189.99 to £319.99.