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G.P.S. Unit Shows the Way in the Car and on the Trail

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Most Global Positioning System devices are made to sit snugly in the confines of a car, where they rarely have to contend with dust, dirt or raging rapids. Garmin’s new Nuvi 500, however, is intended to take more abuse than the average G.P.S. unit. The 7.6-ounce device is meant to work both in a car on the highway and in the hand on a mountain trail.

The Nuvi comes with maps of the 48 contiguous states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It is resistant to water and dust and offers voice-based turn-by-turn directions while the user is on foot or in a vehicle (although it does not pronounce street names). An emergency locator feature indicates the exact longitude, latitude and elevation; it also includes directions to local hospitals and police stations.

For off-road adventurers, the Nuvi 500 has topographic maps of the United States and even supports navigation charts for boating. The $500 device has a 3.5-inch display.

With its rugged design and off-road credentials, the Nuvi 500 not only works on well-traveled highways, but also in places where you might really need directions.


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