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Garmin introduced a new satellite navigation system designed for motorcycles featuring a 5-inch touchscreen display. The new Garmin zūmo 590LM combines a navigation system with built-in MP3 player and touchscreen controls for iPhones, iPods and Pandora internet radio.
The 5-inch touchscreen is the largest display in Garmin’s zūmo lineup. It can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and can be operated even when wearing gloves. Garmin says the display is readable even in direct sunlight. The 590LM is also designed to be resistant to UV rays, fuel sprays and weather.
The 590LM is Bluetooth compatible, allowing it to connect with smartphones, though only Apple users will be able to control their devices using the touchscreen display. The GPS can also connect to in-helmet Bluetooth speakers to deliver navigation instructions or receive vocal requests for points of interests.
The navigation system was programmed with motorcyclists in mind. The 590LM can plan routes according to time, distance or location, while the Curvy Roads feature allows riders to select windier roads for more active riding.
The 590LM is compatible with Garmin’s tire pressure monitor system to check the air in either tire. Garmin’s VIRB camera is also compatible, with the 590LM display acting as a wireless touchscreen control.
Garmin is pricing the 590LM at $799.99. Expect to see it arrive in stores this month.