Chrysler is getting into the telematics game in a serious way with Garmin, that goes way beyond typical map screens and voice activated commands. Garmin’s Street View in in its Navigon brand iPhone app, and the next version of it will end up as the navigation tools for several 2013 Chrysler and Dodge vehicles. It’s referred to as “realistic 3D views of buildings and key landmarks throughout major U.S. cities.” Here are a few of the product’s interesting features:
- Drivers get to view topographic map data to display terrain landscape elevations when a driver is outside the city and up in the hills.
- photoReal Junction View shows roads signs and intersections along the route with “photographic detail” to assist drivers in knowing what to do next behind the wheel. Garmin says the latest version of Junction View covers more than 60,000 US intersections, 25 times more than had been previously available.
- Chrysler drivers will have access to myTrends, which stores frequent routes based on driving habits and will anticipate them on certain days and times so the driver doesn’t have to look them up. Estimated driving time is offered, coming from recommended routes based on historical traffic data and trends at any given time of day. This is based on using the ITS trafficTrends feature.
- Junction View will appeal to hardcore Mopar fans, with customized vehicle icons that look pretty close to a Chrysler or Dodge vehicle. It’s a second display on the instrument panel showing the next maneuver. This, and all the rest of the new Garmin system, is part of Chrysler Uconnect 8.4N infotainment system available as standard equipment or an option for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Journey, Charger, and Dart.