State-of-the-Art GPS Navigators Being Supplied by Garmin®
Jul 17, 2006
Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC today announced that Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car will begin offering Where2 – a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation system built by Garmin, a leader in GPS navigation – in 125 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Based on Garmin’s popular new StreetPilot c550, Where2 offers Avis and Budget customers an array of navigation features – like a simple user interface, real-time traffic alerts, Bluetooth hands-free calling capability, multiple language and gender voice guidance with spoken street names, 3-dimensional maps, a high-bright display, a high sensitivity GPS receiver, MP3 compatibility and much more. The unit is fully portable and can be used in any Avis or Budget vehicle.
“We’re pleased to be offering our customers a GPS system that is superior to any other system available in a car rental today,” said Becky Alseth, senior vice president of marketing at Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC, parent of Avis and Budget. “Our customers told us what they wanted and will really benefit from the array of technology features and the ease of use that Where2 brings to the industry. This makes asking for directions a thing of the past.”
“The new Avis and Budget Where2 has virtually every feature and convenience that a traveler could want,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Business travelers and family vacationers alike will find simplicity, safety, and serious utility in the Where2 navigator.”
Motorists who have never experienced GPS navigation will quickly master the device’s intuitive menus. Where2 gives drivers turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions to virtually any destination in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico, all on a bright and easy-to-read touch screen display. Pre-loaded road maps of the entire U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico include addresses and nearly six million points of interest – including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and tourist attractions. Where2 also has a text-to-speech feature available in 20 text languages with 36 voice options that speaks the name of the next turn (“turn right on Main Street”) instead of simply calling out distances (“turn right in 500 feet”) – particularly useful on busy and unfamiliar roadways.
To help ensure travelers make those important appointments on time, Where2 notifies drivers of upcoming traffic snarls, construction tie-ups, and weather delays (where available) and automatically suggests timesaving routes. Traffic information is provided by Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network and is available in nearly 50 cities across the United States.
For added safety and convenience, Where2 also features Bluetooth wireless capability with an integrated microphone and dual speakers that allow users to place hands-free mobile phone calls when connected to a compatible Bluetooth phone. Customers may also retrieve and dial numbers from their phone’s personal contact list, from the handset’s call history log or from the Where2 navigator’s huge points of interest database.
Where2 is also programmed with all Avis and Budget locations as well as Avis and Budget reservation and roadside assistance contact information, airline contact information for 250 carriers worldwide, and a unique guide to nearby AM/FM radio stations.
Equipped with a new high-sensitivity GPS receiver, Where2 acquires a GPS signal quickly and is capable of maintaining a signal even in “urban canyons” created by city skyscrapers.
Where2 will be available beginning in August. Pricing is $9.95 per day or $49.95 per week. Avis customers can reserve Where2 via the company’s website at www.avis.com, by calling 1-888-777-AVIS or contacting a local travel professional. Budget customers can reserve the system at www.budget.com, by calling 1-800-527-0700 or contacting a local travel professional.
About Avis Budget Car Rental
Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC (formerly Cendant Car Rental Group), a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), is the largest car rental company serving North America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. Through its subsidiaries and franchisees, the company operates the Avis Rent A Car system, the industry leader in customer service, and the Budget Rent A Car system, the leading value-oriented rental car brand. For more information about Avis and Budget, visit www.avis.com and www.budget.com.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices - most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and StreetPilot are registered trademarks, and c550 is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
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