Garmin announced the nüvi 900T, a personal navigation device that combines navigation features with DVB-H mobile television. The device is being co-branded with wireless carrier 3 Italia and will be available exclusively in Italy.
Using the DVB-H format, video TV content is provided exclusively by La3 TV, the Mobile Digital TV provider of 3 Italia. Each unit comes with a six-month free subscription to La3 TV content as well as access to pay per view offerings. 3 Italia launched La3 TV – the first Mobile Digital TV based on DVB-H technology in the world, broadcasting the entire FIFA World Cup 2006 on a mobile exclusive basis in Italy. 3 Italia’s Digital Mobile TV customers can watch news, sports, movies and entertainment content through an array of digital channels, including Sky, Mediaset, Rai and the “in-house” produced channels La3 Live and La3 Sport.
The nüvi 900T measures 4.97″W x 3.1″H x .85″D (12.6 x 7.9 x 2.17 cm) and weights 6.7 ounces (191.72 g) with battery. It features a 4.3-inch WQVGA color touchscreen display, and can serve as a picture viewer with photo navigation capability and has optional travel guide features as well. Users can also play MP3 audio files, audio books, and pre-loaded games. The nüvi 900T also features: voice prompts, speaks street names, speech recognition, auto sort multiple destinations, auto re-route and route avoidance. It boasts front-firing stereo speakers and a removable lithium-ion battery.
For hands-free phone calls, the nüvi 900T can be paired with compatible phones using Bluetooth wireless technology. Users can find and dial phone numbers (specifically supported phones can even access their history log of received, missed and dialed calls) or nüvi’s points of interest database (hotels, restaurants, stores and more).
The nüvi 900T also includes Garmin Locate, which answers age-old questions of a driver’s current location or the location of his vehicle in a crowded parking lot. At any time, with a single tap of the screen, drivers can display their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. Additionally, the unit automatically marks its last known position every time it is removed from the mount.
Negotiating busy highways with the nüvi 900T is easy, thanks to a lifetime traffic subscription that helps drivers avoid gridlock and adjust routes accordingly. The nüvi 900T is also pre-loaded with safety camera data that can be updated free of charge for 30 days.
The nüvi 900T comes pre-programmed with highly detailed road maps of Europe. At startup, users are presented with Garmin’s intuitive “Where To?” and “View Map” welcome screen, allowing for quick searches of addresses or millions of points of interest like restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations, and more. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide drivers to their destination, announcing streets by name along the way. If they miss a turn, nüvi automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track.
The nüvi 900T will be available exclusively in Italy in July 2008.