Garmin unveils quicker navigation unit update service

GPS provider Garmin has released a new service that is said to significantly speed the process of updating multiple navigation devices. For instance, updating 100 vehicles with a nüvi 2597LM will take just 5% of the time it would have otherwise by using the new Fleet Updater service, Garmin said.

The tool is specifically designed to enable fleet managers to carry out map and firmware updates on multiple Garmin sat navs efficiently.

“For commercial drivers it is important to keep sat navs as up-to-date as possible. Being late for an important client meeting or delayed on a delivery because of a change in road layout can be avoided with up-to-date maps” said Clive Taylor, director of fleet management & commercial business for EMEA and APAC at Garmin. “That’s why the majority of fleet businesses buy sat navs with Lifetime Maps. But they don’t want to waste hours updating them. So to help them we’ve developed the Fleet Updater - a service we’re providing free of charge.”

Maps and software need only be downloaded from the web once to a local PC, then multiple sat-navs can be updated in parallel, direct from the PC using a powered USB hub. The company has also eliminated the registration process before updating.

The Fleet Updater is available at http://garmin.com/fleetupdater where there are step by step instructions.

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