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Garmin Drive sat-nav range includes hazard and distraction alerts

Garmin has launched a new range of 'Drive' sat-nav units that include hazard and distraction alerts for drivers.

The rainge includes warnings for upcoming sharp curves, railway or animal crossings, and alerts for users driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Drivers also receive red light and speed camera1 alerts as well as vital timesaving traffic information with fast-approaching traffic jam notifications . For longer routes, a fatigue warning alert suggests potential break times and available rest areas or places to stop.

In addition to the new driver awareness features, the devices include preloaded data from Foursquare POIs, adding millions of popular shops, restaurants and points of interest. All models offer free lifetime maps updates.

The Garmin DriveSmart adds customisable smart notifications that allow drivers to display calls, text messages and app notifications on the navigation screen, in addition to voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling. Garmin DriveSmart can also access Live Traffic information through the Smartphone Link app.

The DriveAssist model builds on the Garmin DriveSmart and includes a built-in dash cam to serve as an eyewitness. The device continually records, and automatically saves video footage on impact. The integrated camera brings in more advanced driver awareness alerts, such as the Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings

All Garmin Drive devices can be paired with the Garmin BC30 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) to easily see behind a vehicle when moving in reverse.

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  • Can you tell my age by the programmes I cite?? - 06/01/2016 13:07

    Does anyone else see the irony is having a 'potential distraction alert'. It sounds like the sort of thing Monty Python would invent or that they would fit to Red Dwarf.

  • Busterrabbit - 07/01/2016 10:01

    Let's face it, if you need something in your car to "alert" you to most of these so called hazards, you shouldn't be driving at all. And if this is to "aid" safety why does it facilitate phone usage and display text messages, which presumably will lead to the driver reading these messages whilst driving! We don't need gadgets, we need drivers to concentrate 100% on driving, something which is sadly and dangerously lacking at the moment. The majority already see driving as a right and have no interest in the act of driving at all, just getting from A to B. A minority see driving as the distraction from using social media, often on a motorway.

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