I had a portable Garmin Nav System in my last truck. It worked very well, but it took another power plug while it was charging.
With this vehicle, I decided to consolidate some of my gear by purchasing this system. It has some pretty cool “bells & whistles.”
With XM traffic, it warns me that upcoming traffic is stopped or slow and gives me several alternate routes to choose from. It has 3-D images showing which lanes to be in for freeway changes and off-ramps and for Gerry, it has an ETA that is adjustable based on user input and actually speed averages (I took a drive to Idaho recently and it was accurate within 30 minutes on a 1,000 mile drive).
It’s completely hands-free or touch-screen, whichever I decide to use at any time, and carries my complete address book and phone book for voice activated dialing and navigation. It can search by business name, address or phone number.
It plays DVD’s, CD’s, MP3’s and stores all of the music I want. Everything is integrated so that when my phone rings, the radio volume drops, and the phone call plays through the speakers.
It was certainly one of my better investments for 2006 - and deductable as a business expense at that.