Garmin announced a new GPS device late last week which combines a dedicated navigation system with a dash cam and advanced alerts to make the first unit designed to protect users in the case of an accident. Dash cams have become more and more popular in recent years, providing an unbiased eyewitness of events along with date and time.
The nuviCam LMTHD boasts a continuously recording dash cam device on the back and a driver-facing display with Garmin navigation favorites including Active Lane Guidance, Up Head to provide upcoming services and POIs, Garmin Real directions, photoReal Junction View, Bird’s Eye Junction View, preloaded Foursquare data and various speed limit and school zone warnings.
“The nüviCam LMTHD goes beyond helping drivers get from Point A to Point B,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales in a statement. “The intuitive driver-assist features not only lessen the stress of getting you to your destination, but the nüviCam also provides peace of mind in knowing that your commute is being recorded and can be referenced should you need it.”
The dash cam on the device, I mentioned before, is continuously recording on the included microSD card and using advanced Incident Detection, the cam is set to automatically save the file on impact to protect you and document the event. The device has a Snapshot feature which can sapture stills of the outside of the cam, and GPS location is recorded with each incident. The nuviCam LMTHD can also be wired with a rear cam to show what’s happening behind the vehicle.
In addition to these features, the device also has several driver-assist features like Forward Collision Warning if the vehicle is too close to the car ahead, Lane Departure Warning if the driver drifts out of the lane and Garmin Real Vision to help decipher hard-to-read house numbers.
All in all, the device is pretty loaded with features and is expected to retail for around $400. The nuviCam LMTHD will be available in May 2015 on Garmin’s website and through select vendor locations. For more information on Garmin features and service, visit Garmin’s website.