Navigation on Indian roads made easier

NEW DELHI: Garmin -- a world leader in the field of Global Positioning Systems -- launched its GPS products in the Capital on Saturday offering turn-by-turn navigation on Indian roads.

In Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, landmarks like railway stations, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals and emergency aid centres, amusement parks and exact location of roads would be available in the software.

The GPS product is equipped with an antenna and has to be installed on the dashboard of the car.

While going from one destination to another the driver or co-driver has to just feed details of the destination and the device through a voice modulator will announce every turn, advising the distance before each turn and flash a visual display of the map.

In addition, the highly advanced Vehicle Tracking System -- which will help track vehicles through the entire route -- is also all set to enter the Indian market.

The Chief Executive Officer of the GIS Division of Kalyani Net Ventures Limited, Vivek S. Kale, said: "We have customised the Garmin products for Indian conditions. This is the first time that such an on-road navigation products would be available in the country although such systems are already in vogue in some Western countries".

"About 90 per cent of the road accidents are caused due to motorists stopping their cars in the middle of the road to ask for directions. We are targeting customers of luxury car segments like Esteem and not ones like Maruti-800," added Mr. Kale.

There are 150,000 points of interests in both Delhi and Mumbai, while there are 100,000 points of interest in Bangalore.

These points have been identified not only through satellite imaging but also through physical surveys over the past 18 months.

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