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New 5" zumo has some interesting features

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod145273.html

zūmo® 590LM
Additional Specs

Trip Planner: yes
Trip Log: yes
Tire pressure monitor system: yes, will support up to 4 tires; individual sensors sold separately
Curvy Roads routing: yes
Dual orientation display: yes
Round Trip: yes
Service History Log: yes
VIRB™ Control: yes
Track Support: yes
Custom Map Support: yes
TOPO Map Support: yes
Pandora® Support: yes (with compatible phone)
Removable Battery: yes
Up Ahead: yes
The thing that especially caught my eye was custom maps compatibility. This is the only device that supports custom maps aside from Garmin's handhelds (see: http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail/custommaps).

I wonder if it will also support Birdseye imagery - all other devices that support custom maps support Birdseye. It is not listed as a compatible device on the Birdseye page (https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-trail-maps/birdseye/birdseye-satellite-imagery-subscription/prod70144.html)

But since it was only announced a couple days ago, not sure if that is significant - it isn't listed as compatible on the custom maps page either).

Also interesting how they specifically say it's compatible with topo maps. I wonder what that means exactly?

This seems contradictory to me...
What’s happening on the road ahead? zūmo 590LM can connect you to live weather radar and traffic information via the Smartphone Link app
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Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription) No
No manual available yet.

Comments

  • Tim 1484 Points
    I recall there are a few companies who offer motorcycle specific maps with things like scenic routes, etc. I wonder if the device is compatible with custom maps for product partnerships like that.
  • Boyd 2002 Points
    edited April 2014
    TIm, in "Garmin Speak" custom maps are raster imagery in .kmz files. The size of this kind of map is very limited - 500 tiles of 1024x1024 pixels maximum. It gets confusing, because places like GPSFileDepot previously used the term "custom maps" to refer to vector based maps (.img files) created by anyone but Garmin.
  • Tim 1484 Points
    Understood, still makes me wonder if it isn't something for a third party map integration.
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