At this week’s New York Auto Show, Garmin will present its first factory-installed in-car infotainment system.
Garmin, known for its aftermarket navigation systems, has closed deals with some automakers to offer pop-up navigation systems as an affordable solution to buyers who want the functionality in their vehicles. The new system will be available on the majority of 2013 Suzuki models and will offer a full suite of infotainment tech.
The Garmin interface, which uses a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, also incorporates some state-of-the-art technology such as backup camera support, all audio functions, Bluetooth, USB, AUX jack, navigation, internal flash memory, full voice control functionality for all of its applications, CD player and AM/FM radio, Pandora integration, and it can be connected to a smartphone. The system also offers real-time information such as traffic, weather, dynamic parking and fuel prices via the Android-based Garmin Smartphone Link app.
One benefit of vehicle integration is access to the car’s speed sensors, which allows the GPS to follow along with accuracy even when it doesn’t have a signal, such as in tunnels or enclosed areas. The in-dash system will ship with most American 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles, along with select cars sold in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Russia.