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Garmin Launches Zumo 396

Garmin has announced the release of its new zūmo 396 LMT-S, a GPS designed specifically for motorcyclists that want to make the most of each adventure.

The sturdy sat-nav offers a glove-friendly, 4.3-inch display and packs a diverse feature-set ranging from clear, turn-by-turn directions, free real-time services1, built-in Wi-Fi®, wireless GPX file sharing, and for the thrill seekers – twisty adventurous routing options to enhance every ride.

Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, said: “Over the years, our customers have come to rely on the zūmo’s ability to provide easy motorcycle-dedicated navigation. Now, with the zūmo 396, riders can confidently venture out on the road, staying informed of the things that matter most, including updates for live traffic and weather conditions that could significantly impact their journey.”

In addition, the zūmo 396 makes staying connected simple. Using the Garmin Smartphone link app, owners can wirelessly pair their Bluetooth®—enabled smartphones to the zūmo for access to a suite of free live services1, including traffic conditions and weather updates. Riders can safely store away their smartphones for convenient hands-free calling, in addition to receiving key Smartphone Link1 features such as smart notifications, and LiveTrack – a feature that gives riders the option to share their locations with friends who want to track their adventures.

Built-in Wi-Fi® allows riders to easily keep maps, software, and points of interest up-to-date on the navigator without the need for a computer. The zūmo 396 also simplifies the planning, sharing, and tracking of routes by making it easy for riders to swiftly export GPX files1 – files containing preferred routes – from their mobile devices to the zūmo for solo or group rides.

The zūmo 396 helps to enhance an adventure with convenient on-screen controls for music2 and media sourced from a rider’s Bluetooth-enabled phone or media player. Riders can also choose their route preferences using the Garmin Adventurous RoutingTM settings to limit major highways and discover more hidden, winding, hilly roads.

The zūmo includes detailed maps of Southern Africa, millions of Foursquare® POIs and new TripAdvisor® ratings for restaurants, hotels, and attractions along a route or near a destination.

The zūmo 396 is equipped with new Automatic Incident Notifications1 — if an incident occurs, the zūmo can automatically send a text notification with GPS location information to a predetermined contact. The navigator also encourages rider awareness and safer driving by providing helpful rider alerts for upcoming sharp curves, rail crossings, red light/speed cameras, and more. Built to withstand the elements, the zūmo 396 is resistant to fuel vapours, UV rays and harsh weather3.

The zūmo 396 LMT-S with Southern Africa mapping will have a suggested retail price of R5,999.00. 

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