Touchscreen MFDs offer ultimate integration for the connected helm
OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the GPSMAP Plus series, the latest addition to its flagship GPSMAP lineup of premium multi-function displays (MFDs) that brings increased engine integration and OneHelm™ third-party integration across the full line. These intuitive features are essential for making the boating experience more automated and fluent at the helm, while also eliminating the need for multiple control displays and devices.
“The GPSMAP Plus series brings Garmin’s superior integration capabilities to some of our best-selling GPSMAP chartplotters, known already for their cutting-edge features and built-in conveniences,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “We’re excited to bring a full-boat integration solution across our entire GPSMAP line with the introduction of the Plus series, offering even more choices and options for boaters.”
Building on the popularity of the GPSMAP 7×2/9×2 and 12×2 Touch series, the Plus lineup maintains all the existing features, and offers significantly enhanced integration capabilities like J1939 engine integration and compatibility with OneHelm, an exclusive feature that simplifies control and customization of the boat’s most crucial systems to one master source – the Garmin MFD. For the first time, the GPSMAP Plus series brings this capability to a 7- and 9-inch display, providing added convenience, control and security onboard. Since launching this innovative HTML5 platform designed for third-party companies in 2018, systems and technologies from 16 industry brands – offering lighting, stabilization, digital switching and more – have been integrated into OneHelm, which is supported across the entire GPSMAP Plus series.
The processing power found in the GPSMAP Plus series has also been improved to provide a premium user experience across the entire network, so map drawing speed will be faster and all other sensors like radar, sonar and multimedia will benefit from the increased performance.
Available with preloaded cartography for coastal or inland waters, the new GPSMAP Plus units feature built-in BlueChart® g3 charts or LakeVü g3 maps, Garmin’s latest cartography with integrated Navionics® data and built-in Auto Guidance1, a technology that instantly searches through relevant charts to create a suggested route based upon the user’s desired depth and overhead clearance. For the most detailed data, customers can also add BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra accessory cards or downloads for access to Garmin’s high-resolution relief shading that combines color and shadow to bring an entirely new level of detail to the ocean floor and lake bottom, now offering coverage for the entire continental U.S. coast line and more than 150 lakes, respectively.
Right out of the box, users have access to some amazing sonar capabilities too. The “xs” Plus versions support 1kW CHIRP traditional sonar, ClearVü scanning sonar and Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar, including the Panoptix LiveScope™ System, and the “xsv” Plus models also include support for SideVü scanning sonar (transducers sold separately).
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi®, it’s easy to take advantage of the free all-in-one Garmin ActiveCaptain® mobile app that creates a simple yet powerful connection between a compatible mobile device and a GPSMAP Plus. Use the ActiveCaptain app to access, update and purchase maps and charts from the OneChartTM storefront on a mobile device anytime, and reference the ActiveCaptain community for marina and other points of interest details, access to QuickdrawTM Community data and more. ActiveCaptain also provides smart notifications2 directly to the plotter/combo, over-the-air software updates, off-vessel planning capabilities and so much more.
Available in a range of sizes to accommodate nearly every boat and budget, the GPSMAP Plus series is available with a bright, sunlight-readable 7-, 9- or 12-inch intuitive touchscreen display. All offer full-network support for the sharing of sonar, maps, user data, cameras and more among multiple units, and NMEA 2000 support for connectivity, including autopilots, digital switching, weather, FUSION-Link, VHF, AIS and other sensors.
The new GPSMAP Plus series will be available in Q4 2019, with suggested retail prices ranging from $899.99 to $2899.99. For more information, visit www.garmin.com/marine.
Garmin is the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer3 and was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized marine electronics company for support of products in the field. Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation, audio, entertainment and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use. Other Garmin marine brands include FUSION® Entertainment, Navionics, a premier supplier of electronic charts, and EmpirBus.
For over 30 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garminnews, instagram.com/garmin or youtube.com/garmin.
1Auto Guidance is for planning purposes only and does not replace safe navigation operations.
2When paired with a compatible mobile device.
3Based on 2018 reported sales.
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, GPSMAP, BlueChart, Navionics, ActiveCaptain and Fusion are registered trademarks and OneHelm, Panoptix, Panoptix LiveScope, OneChart and Quickdraw are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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