Garmin intros rugged nüvi 500 Series portable navigation device

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garmin_nuvi_500_series_sat_nav.jpgGarmin has introduced its “Rugged Navigation” nüvi 500 Series of Portable Navigation Devices, equally at home directing you whether you’re walking, cycling, scootering, driving, or boating, thanks to NavTeq’s mapping data and the ability to accept different types of mapping including TOPO for outdoor navigation and Blue Chart cartography for marine usage.

The nüvi 500 Series devices are fully waterproof, can be easily fitted to a scooter or bicycle, and are made from UVA/UVB and fuel resistant materials. It features a 3.5-inch colour touchscreen, and removable, rechargeable battery.

If loaded with the optional BlueChart g2 Vision marine cartography, the device can provide detailed chart-specific information, spot soundings, inter tidal zones, wrecks, port plans, restricted areas and more.

As well as offering points of interest information, the nüvi 500 taps into Whereigo, a toolset for creating and playing adventures in the real world which uses GPS technology to guide users to physical locations and interact with virtual objects and characters, as well as Geocaching which allows people to set up “caches” for others to find and be rewarded.

Available from September priced at £299.99.

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Andy Merrett