Firm unveils all-purpose GPS device

All-round adventurers will be eager to get their hands on the latest multi-purpose piece of navigational kit from global positioning system (GPS) experts Garmin.

The firm's nuvi portable navigation device (PND) can be adapted for walking, cycling, scootering, driving and boating. The nuvi 500 comes with NavTeq mapping data and the ability to accept different types of mapping, including TOPO for outdoor navigation and Blue Chart cartography for marine usage.

Clive Taylor, Garmin's director of product, said, "The nuvi 500 series is a 1 chameleon in the gadget world, it extends the use of GPS across the range, from walking to cycling to driving to boating.

"It's ideal for individuals or families who want to go and explore the great outdoors in every way they can. With the built-in compass and integrated Wherigo and Geocaching player the sat-nav's use is extended beyond just navigating: Users can enjoy the fun of the many family treasure hunts and adventures available online."

The new waterproof nuvi 500 series features the latest Garmin navigation technology including Hotfix, millions of points of interest and traffic avoidance compatibility.

In addition, the nuvi comes as standard with Garmin's popular "Where am I?" safety feature, where drivers can easily locate their exact latitude and longitude, along with the closest hospitals, police and petrol stations and recovery service telephone numbers.

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