You have to hand it to the dedicated satellite navigation folk, they’re not giving up easily. You’d have thought that with the massive growth of smartphone use, along with the greatly improved Google Maps service these slightly outdated devices would have been consigned to the scrap heap of technology by now. But not so.
The new Garmin nuviCam is a case in point. This sleek range of dedicated satellite navigation systems comes with a bunch of cool features that your phone satnav can’t match, including bird’s eye and photoReal function views for junctions to make sure you get them right. We also like the idea of Real Directions, which give you landmark instructions (“turn right at the Dog & Ferret”), all of which are designed to make your journey more stress free.
The real big deal, of course, is the addition of an integrated dash cam on the Premium model. Dash cams are very useful, and some would say essential in some countries (cough … Russia …cough) so it’s good to see them integrated in this way. The fact that you can also use them for other purposes such as roaming incident cameras, is an added bonus. You can also hook the satnav up to a rear view camera and double its utility to avoid reversing accidents. The new product is priced at $399.99 / £299.99.