Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Introduces Dashcam GPS Device

garmin nuvicam lmthd

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.

Comments

  1. Has anyone seen a User’s Manual for the Garmin DashCam Player?

  2. Craig Thompson says:

    Do you plan to do an in-depth review of the Garmin NuviCam LMTHD? I am interested in this unit, as it is the #2 highest rated GPS by Consumer Reports and it has some unique safety features. Thanks.

  3. I just purchased a DriveAssist51 LMTHD unit. I like the Forward Collision warning. The lane departure warning works some of the time. I’m a courier making 50+ stops per day and had been using a Nuvi 2595LMT unit. (Now deceased.) Sometimes I need to redo a saved route on Trip Planner and delete multiple stops at once and recalculate the route. The 2595 would show a trash can icon (I think) on the edit section, and choosing it would list all your stops saved on that route with a box in front of each. You arrow down thru them and check off the ones you want to delete, and then hit delete to remove them all at once. Very handy. However, on the DriveAssist51 you have to choose one stop, then “remove”, then are you sure you want to remove?, then it recalculates the route before you can remove another stop. I did an online chat with a Garmin rep and asked him if he knew of any other older models that would perform as the 2595 did. He said the 2495, 2455, 2555 models all would have the same setup as the 2595. None of their current models do. Also the 2595 would give me a final destination time at the start of the route that was quite accurate. The DriveAssist gives me a final destination time which can be 1-2 hours less than what it actually takes.
    Apparently the 2595 was adding some time on for each stop. I’m only stopped for a minute or two.
    Do you know of any newer models than those he gave me which would edit in that way? Also any that have cams that would edit that way?

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