Garmin has introduced a new addition, the Zumo 660, to its line of GPS devices designed for motorbike and scooter riders.
Rugged + waterproof + widescreen = Zumo 660
When, or if, it goes on sale in Australia it'll be one of the few motorcycle-specific portable navigation devices available on the market — Garmin currently markets the two-year-old AU$999 Zumo 550, while TomTom has two versions of its Rider bike GPS.
The Zumo 660 sports a sleeker design similar to the Garmin Nuvi series but marries this with a ruggedised and waterproof casing required for outdoor work. It also has oversized icons so you can use the device with gloves on but, unlike the current Zumo 550, the 660 features a larger 4.3-inch touchscreen.
For the US market, the new Zumo has lane assist with junction view, plus a new multiple routing feature that will give you a preview of the shortest, fastest and off-road route so you can choose from one of three options. There's also text-to-speech instructions meaning that you'll hear specific street names and, with its integrated Bluetooth, you can have the audio piped to your Bluetooth headset. Of course, you'll be able to make and accept calls, and there's also stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support.
We're still waiting to hear back from Garmin Australia, but with the Garmin Zumo 660 expected to ship in Q1 2009 in the US for a hefty US$799.99 (AU$1,125) don't expect it to be cheap.