MapQuest and Garmin® Announce a Partnership to Deliver MapQuest Directions and Maps Directly to Garmin GPS Devices
MapQuest, Inc. and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced plans for the upcoming launch of a new feature that will allow consumers to send trip planning results from MapQuest.com, the #1 online mapping website,* directly to their Garmin personal navigation device.
Through the partnership, users can find a place, as well as plan and research routes, at MapQuest.com, then send the locations directly to Garmin GPS units by utilizing the “Send to GPS” drop down option. Users will then be able to easily access previously sent location data from their Garmin device without needing to input information directly on the device.
"Garmin is the clear leader in satellite navigation and our partnership further establishes MapQuest.com as the go-to site for destination planning," said Christian Dwyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MapQuest, Inc. “GPS-enabled navigation devices are becoming increasingly prevalent. Offering users the option to plan online from the convenience of their computer and send information to these devices is a natural progression and an important, time-saving resource.”
“Our relationship with MapQuest gives our users even more of what they’ve come to expect from their Garmin products – ease of use and an array of options,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Planning a trip, whether it’s to a new restaurant, a business meeting or a family vacation, has never been easier or more efficient.”
The new Send-to-Garmin feature will be available in April and expands on MapQuest Send-To capabilities which currently enable consumers to easily send directions from the MapQuest.com site to their mobile phones. The ability to send planning results from the vast and dynamic MapQuest database to Garmin supplements Garmin’s extensive collection of preloaded destinations.
MapQuest and Garmin will both be in attendance at this week’s CTIA Wireless 2008 show, taking place in Las Vegas from April 1 through April 3. MapQuest will be demonstrating the Send to Garmin feature in the AOL booth #2857 (Hall C4/C5). Garmin will be located in booth #6639, and more information is available at www.garmin.com. To learn more about using the new Send-to-Garmin feature, visit http://wireless.mapquest.com/send-gps.html and www.garmin.blogs.com.
About MapQuest, Inc.
MapQuest offers Internet, wireless and business solutions that help people find places. MapQuest.com is one of the most recognized and trusted brands on the Internet, and offers the leading consumer Web site for maps and directions, serving over 45 million* users in February 2008, according to comScore Media Metrix. MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL LLC, is based in Denver, Colorado.
AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the largest Internet access businesses in the U.S., and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., AOL LLC and its subsidiaries have operations in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, 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 is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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