New Garmin GPS Device Integrates XM Data

Though it may have missed the boat of Garmin GPS product announcements last week, the new GPSMAP 376C portable GPS navigator looks to be a sweet product worthy of being last but not least. Its main claim to fame? Integration of XM satellite data features.

That’s right. Besides the usual land and marine navigation this type of crossover portable GPS device is known for, Garmin decided to throw in XM satellite features as well. Starting next month, Garmin said $999.99 will set you up with a gadget which offers optional subscription services for XM Radio and XM WX Satellite Weather via an included “smart antenna”. The weather data is fed directly into the GPSMAP 376C’s display, providing a real time overlay of weather for help in making marine navigation decisions.

Other features in the waterproof GPSMAP 376C include pre-loaded navigation base-maps with the ability to accept more specific data map cards for marine or auto navigation, customizable alarms and the ability to store up to 3,000 user waypoints.

“The addition of XM WX Satellite Weather provides another dimension of situational awareness and safety to our popular line of multi-purpose GPS navigators,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “Whether they’re navigating open waters or the open road, the GPSMAP 376C offers the most detailed and up-to-date weather information available – to help users make informed navigational decisions.”

“With the industry-leading GXM 30 smart antenna, Garmin is the first to integrate the XM WX Satellite Weather capability with a fully portable GPS navigator – and also deliver the XM Radio audio service from the same device,” said Roderick MacKenzie, XM’s VP of Advanced Applications and Services. “This is a cutting-edge – yet affordable – product that provides the user with an unmatched combination of mobile situational awareness, information and entertainment both on the water and on land.”

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