Garmin Corporation, a unit of Garmin Ltd, today announced the launch of voice guidance in five new Indian languages — Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam — in all models above the nüvi 1000 series, and personal navigation devices (PNDs). 

Earlier, voice guidance was available in Hindi and Indian-accented English. This facility will be available in models such as nüvi 40 LM, nüvi 50 LM, nüvi 2465 LM and nüvi 2565 LM. “It has been done keeping in mind the growing Indian market for the Garmin devices. We firmly believe that devices should be made to assist the people and what better way than to communicate in their own language and accent,” said Tony An, Garmin Asia Marketing Director. “Users will feel more confident being navigated in their own language. Garmin is trying to offer an easier solution to direct you to the final destination,” he adds.    

Voice guidance now in 5 Indian languages

Voice guidance now in five Indian languages

The company, in its official statement, states that traditional navigation devices make it difficult to understand the street name or area because of built-in American accent. So Garmin developed the technology themselves to implement the Indian accent into devices. It adds that for Garmin, the Indian market is as important as other markets around the world. “We enjoy 74 percent share in personal navigation devices in North America and around 38 percent share worldwide. We entered Indian market more than 15 years and since then have been able to have a good share in the growing GPS market here. We are confident of increasing the share because of the quality that we provide and with affordable devices in the market we will have edge over others too,” adds An.

It is the importance of Indian market that few months back Garmin introduced cost effective models in Indian market — nüvi 40 LM and nüvi 50 LM. All the Garmin PNDs come with a free-of-cost lifetime map update, and the latest in the series — nüvi 40 LM and nüvi 50 LM – come with dual maps preloaded with NAVTEQ Indian maps and MalSing maps in Singapore/ Malaysia. It makes the Garmin products most capable navigators globally. 

Garmin nüMaps lifetime helps in downloading the most up-to-date map information and the latest map covers over 4214 cities and 6.9 millions Point of Interests (PoIs).

Garmin’s most recent displays span across several product segments:

  • Essential: The 5-inch nüvi 50LM and the 4.3-inch nüvi 40LM, claims Garmin makes for a perfect starting point for any journey, providing GPS navigation with accurate turn-by-turn directions and spoken street names. These entry-level PNDs are budget-friendly and easy to use, as per the company, thereby making them a great solution for first-time drivers, students away at college, or as an extra navigator for the other family car. 
  • Advanced: The 5-inch nüvi 2565LM present GPS and Driving Recorder integrated design. The Driving Recorder, as per the official statement, reduces the space between the windshield and the interior, reducing driving blind side. nüvi 2565LM supports Reverse Camera video in and it proves itself not just a GPS but giving you a brand new navigation experience. The nüvi 2465LM features a 4.3-inch touchscreen.

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