Garmin ecoRoute Wants to Make You a Better, Less Gassy Driver

It seems that nowadays everyone's clamouring to tell you how to be a better driver. Garmin's new nüvi software, ecoRoute, supposedly helps you conserve by choosing a "less fuel" option for route preference.

The "less fuel" route picks the most gas-efficient way to get from A to B. It also gives you the usual eco-nag software features of smarter driving tips, fuel usage tracking, and online access—in case you want to look at your auto habits outside of your car.

There's a lot of other efficient driving software out there, but if you already have a nüvi, ecoRoute comes free.

ecoRoute™ from Garmin® Helps Drivers Save Gas and Money
Through Fuel-Efficient Paths, Smarter Driving Habits

LAS VEGAS, Nev./January 7, 2009/Business Wire -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today introduced ecoRoute, a free software update that helps drivers conserve money and fuel, easing growing pressures on personal budgets and the environment. ecoRoute, which suggests fuel-efficient navigation, was announced in conjunction with the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, #35832).

"Many of the biggest challenges currently facing people around the world involve the economy and the environment," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Using ecoRoute on your Garmin nüvi® helps you be a smarter driver at a time when everyone is trying to make their paychecks and their gas tanks go the extra mile. As the global leader in satellite navigation, we embrace the opportunity to be the leader in fuel-efficient, eco-friendly navigation."

In addition to "faster time" and "shorter distance" for route preference, ecoRoute lets nüvi users choose "less fuel" as the best way to save gas and money. Through ecoRoute's Fuel Report and Mileage Report, drivers can focus on their fuel conservation even when they're not behind the wheel. Fuel Report tracks fuel usage over time, and Mileage Report monitors mileage and fuel usage on a per-trip basis. Drivers can customise their nüvi to fit their vehicle by accessing the "vehicle profile" under ecoRoute in the tools menu. There, you can enter your vehicle type and your car's fuel economy. You can also find fuel-saving tips and enter the current price of gas in the ecoRoute menu to help nüvi better calculate your savings.

To find out if your nüvi is compatible with ecoRoute through a free, downloadable software update, go to

ecoRoute is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent 20 years using technology and innovation to enhance users' lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. To learn more about ecoRoute and Garmin's other products and services, go to and

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