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Garmin combines truck navigation with dash cam

Garmin International Inc launched dēzlCam, its first all-in-one trucking navigator with a built-in dash cam that serves as an onboard eyewitness. Truckers can rely on firsthand video footage that continually records the trip and automatically saves video footage during a collision.

With a focus on features that matter most to truckers, the dēzlCam provides custom truck routing for the size and weight of a driver’s truck as well as route warnings for bridge heights, weight limits, sharp curves, steep grades, and more.

“The dēzlCam is an innovative navigation solution for truckers,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice-president of worldwide sales. “As technology evolves, so do the needs of truck drivers who spend their lives on the road. Truckers will like dēzlCam especially because of its premium trucking features combined with an integrated dash cam that records proof of road incidents and protects their driving reputation. The combination of these features adds significant value to our trucking community.”

The truck navigator device features a six-inch pinch-to-zoom display, a built-in dash cam with an adjustable swivel lens, and a magnetic mount to quickly secure or remove the dēzlCam from a driver’s truck. The built-in dash cam starts recording as soon as the dēzlCam is powered on, while the Incident Detection (G-sensor) automatically saves footage of collisions upon impact.

Location, speed, date and time data can be optionally recorded allowing drivers to know precisely when and where an incident occurred. The Snapshot feature captures still images and provides truckers the freedom to remove the dēzlCam from their truck to take close-up pictures. Users can also play back driving footage directly on the device, or review on a computer using www.garmin.com/dashcamplayer.

Designed for life on the road, the dēzlCam includes essential features to help truckers along their way. A comprehensive directory of preloaded TruckDown Locations and Services make it easy to find places highly rated by truckers. Drivers can filter trucking points of interest to find locations with their preferred brands or amenities. The dēzlCam is also bundled with Foursquare data that adds millions of new and popular points of interest to the navigator’s searchable database.

Easy Route Shaping lets drivers modify a route to include preferred cities or roads by touching the screen. The Up Ahead feature conveniently displays a constant stream of nearby services--such as upcoming rest areas, fuel stations and restaurants--along a route. The dēzlCam provides a history log to record fuel usage, IFTA mileage, and hours of service. Additionally, the dēzlCam displays mile marker information, automatic time zone changes and also alerts drivers of upcoming state and country borders.

Created with safety in mind, the dēzlCam offers advanced navigation features that aid truckers in reaching their desired destination. Voice-activated navigation lets truckers control the dēzlCam with their voice, while Bluetooth technology allows for hands-free calling and pairing with a Bluetooth-enabled headset (sold separately). The dēzlCam is also compatible with the Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) to easily see behind a truck when in reverse. Spoken Garmin Real Directions can help drivers locate hard-to-find addresses with spoken directions that use recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. Active Lane Guidance with helpful voice prompts indicates the proper lane needed for a trucker’s route, while realistic Junction View imagery helps navigate complex interchanges with ease.

The dēzlCam comes equipped with preloaded maps of North America with free lifetime map updates, as well as free HD Digital traffic that provides updates as often as every 30 seconds. Drivers can also download the free Smartphone Link app to access live weather radar on the dēzlCam and other real-time data services from a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone.

The Garmin dēzlCam has a suggested retail price of $499.99. For additional information, visit www.garmin.com/dezl.

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