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station of their choice.
directions to the theater.
Garmin International, Inc., has
announced the new nuvi 880, a
premium portable navigation device
with cutting-edge speech recognition,
dynamic MSN Direct content, and an
impressive array of other convenience
and safety features.
The nuvi 880’s speech recognition
technology is simple and intuitive to
use. Users mount a push-to-talk
wireless remote to their steering wheel,
which is used to activate voice
commands — no additional setup or
training is required. Once activated, the
user can effortlessly manipulate
controls by speaking the words that
correspond to buttons that are on the
touchscreen display, so that almost
any common task can be performed
without ever touching the unit.
Garmin has also streamlined the
way users can perform complex
points of interest searches. Use a
voice command to select the establishment of choice, and the nuvi 800
series gives turn-by-turn directions.
The nuvi 880 also knows the names of
many large business brands, so a
user need only say, “find nearest
Starbucks” for a quick caffeine fix.
Speech recognition can also be
used to search for addresses as well — all
hands-free, from start to finish. Speech
recognition is available for American
English, British English, European French,
European Spanish, German, Italian, and
Netherlands Dutch languages.
The nuvi 880 also provides
next-generation dynamic content from
the MSN Direct network, including:
• Weather reports — Features current
weather conditions (including high/low/
current temperatures, chances of
precipitation, humidity, pressure, wind,
and weather alerts), as well as three day
• Local events — Receive special
notices on festivals, concerts, and
sporting events in a specific area, and
navigate to them.
• Enhanced movie listings — Search
for movies by title or by theater and
receive show times, star ratings, genre,
actors, and more — and get driving
• News and stocks — The latest news
headlines and financial market
• Send to GPS capability — Plan trips
and look up destinations from the
• Traffic conditions — Receive up-to-date traffic incident and flow information for most metropolitan areas
across North America, and let nuvi
select a route that avoids traffic accidents, road closures, and construction.
• Fuel prices — Receive gas price data
from over 100,000 gas stations across
the nation. Drivers will always
know where to get the best prices —
and save time and fuel by using
their unit to navigate directly to the
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