Garmin enters in-car infotainment market with Suzuki system

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., a provider of satellite navigation, on Monday announced that it will provide a fully integrated, factory-installed infotainment system for most American 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles.



Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., a provider of satellite navigation, on Monday announced that it will provide a fully integrated, factory-installed infotainment system for most American 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles.


Garmin’s (Olathe, Kan., USA) infotainment system combines a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with a full-featured infotainment platform, including music and media. The system integrates AM/FM radio and a CD player, as well as several interfaces that allow users to play music from external devices such as a mobile phone or iPod, including a USB and AUX jack, Bluetooth and a SD card slot, says Garmin. The system also works with Pandora (via a connected smartphone), allowing users to browse and select their personalized radio stations.


The system integrates Garmin’s navigation, providing road guidance with spoken turn-by-turn directions and street names, PhotoReal Junction View with lane guidance, optional traffic via TMC, speed limit and current speed displays, points of interest, a customizable data menu and many other features, says Garmin. The navigation system has access to vehicle speed sensors to provide precise location information even when a GPS signal is not available, for example in tunnels. When switching to other menus, such as the music player, navigation directions will continue and visual cues will be displayed at the top of the screen. Map updates can be downloaded to a SD card from a Garmin Web portal.


Users can control the system with voice commands, says the company. This includes all the integrated functions, such as navigation, radio, CD player and Pandora. Garmin’s one-shot address entry technology. Additionally, the system includes steering wheel control buttons on selected vehicles to activate voice recognition or directly control certain functions, such as the volume, switching between radio stations or accepting and ending calls.


Real-time information, such as traffic, dynamic parking, weather and fuel prices, will be available through a system application. This app can link an Android phone to the Suzuki infotainment system via Bluetooth. It utilizes the existing data connection of a smartphone to bring live services to the vehicle, says Garmin.