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Garmin nüvi® 465T

Portable navigator for truckers with lifetime traffic updates

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Item #: 150N465T
 

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by Dominic Devito
Garmin

Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

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If you spend your time behind the wheel of a big truck, Garmin built the nüvi 465T portable navigator for you. It's the first GPS device designed specifically for over-the-road truckers, with unique options and extra features that'll make sure you and your cargo won't get hung up in transit.

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Truck-friendly features
The nüvi 465T includes a preloaded NTTS Breakdown Directory so you can find a truck repair shop in your area if you run into trouble. It even provides 24-hour road service listings for late-night truck emergencies.

The 465T also provides specialized routing for truck-related restrictions on most roads in the contiguous 48 states. You can specify height, weight, length, width, and hazardous materials criteria, and the navigator will provide the best, safest route to your destination.

Free lifetime traffic information
The included Garmin traffic-information receiver offers up-to-date reports on delays along your travel path, routing you around problem areas quickly. Available in most metropolitan areas, this service comes free for the life of your navigator. Text-to-speech voice prompts provide reliable directions by announcing actual road names at turns, while lane guidance points out the proper lane to use, saving you from missed turns.

Stay connected with Bluetooth®
The nüvi 465T's built-in Bluetooth connectivity allows you to conduct phone calls hands-free with your compatible cell phone. You can keep in touch with friends and family without diverting your attention from the road ahead. Most points of interest in Garmin's database include the phone numbers, so you can call ahead with the one tap of the screen to make reservations at hotels or check parking availability at truck stops.

Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator for over-the-road trucks
  • lockable mounting base and self-adhesive dashboard disks
  • includes FM-TMC traffic-info receiver with subscription-free updates (advertising supported)
  • JPEG picture viewer
  • car power adapter and built-in rechargeable battery with 4 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 4.3" display (480 x 272 pixels) with touchscreen control
  • 6 million points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • preloaded with maps for the entire United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
  • text-to-speech technology lets voice prompts announce road names over the built-in speaker
  • built-in NTTS Breakdown Directory
  • allows truck-specific restrictions when routing in the contiguous 48 states
  • built-in travel kit including world clock, currency and measurement converters, calculator, and more
  • security feature allows you to disable most functions with a user-entered password
  • multi-destination routing: allows 1 stopping point
  • transport modes: auto, pedestrian
Expandability:
  • SD™ card slot
Other features and specs:
  • Bluetooth technology: conduct hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • dimensions: 4-13/16"W x 3"H x 13/16"D
  • weight: 6.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Features
Maps Updates optional
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, PR, USVI
Points of Interest 6,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 4.3"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Phone
Photo Viewer Yes
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Dynamic Content Services None
Removable Memory Type SD card
Battery Life Up to 4 Hours
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Widescreen GPS navigator for truckers
  • Lockable mounting base
  • Temporary self-adhesive mounting disk
  • Permanent self-adhesive mounting disk
  • Cradle
  • Mounting arm
  • 40" USB cable (with Type A USB connector on one end and a Mini-B USB 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • GTM 25 FM TMC Traffic receiver/cigarette lighter power adapter (with 5' cable)
  • 2 Quick Start Manuals (Eng/Fren)
  • Important Safety and Product Information booklet
  • Accessory Guide
  • NAVTEQ End-user License Agreement

Our Product Research Team

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Overview: The nuvi 465T is a portable GPS navigator that is customized for the over-the-road trucking industry. Not only does it offer automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, and touch screen control, but it also provides directions in the National Truck and Trailer Services (NTTS) Breakdown Directory to trucking-relevant points of interest. In addition, the nuvi 465T comes with an FM TMC traffic receiver, to give you alerts about traffic delays and road construction, as well as automatic detours around the trouble. The nuvi 465T also has built-in Bluetooth technology, and can display JPEG photos.

Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Picture Viewer
Built-in Bluetooth
Mounting Options
Power Requirements
Computer Requirements

Navigation Features

Map Software: The nuvi 465T comes loaded with City Navigator North America NT 2010 software, which contains mapping detail of the entire United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The maps feature nearly 6-million points of interest (POIs), such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions.

SD Memory Slot: The nuvi 465T has an SD memory slot for additional map data from optional SD memory cards. The unit can also display photo images from an SD memory card.

Antenna: The unit has a built-in antenna in its top panel. In order to obtain an optimal signal, the unit must have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky. It the unit is mounted in a vehicle with a coated windshield or an in-screen heating system there may be difficulty in obtaining a good signal.

Touch Screen Display: The unit features a bright, 4.3" (diagonal) widescreen LCD with touch screen controls. The display has a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The screen has a manual brightness adjustment for best visibility.

Screen Color Mode: You can select one of three color modes for the display screen:

  • Daytime: has a lighter, brighter background
  • Nighttime: has a black background, easier to see at night
  • Auto: display automatically switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset

Truck-Related Features: This unit was designed by truckers for truckers, with features that are tailored to the OTR trucking industry:

  • Custom Vehicle Profiles: You can enter data about the rig you're driving (such as width, overall length, height, gross weight, maximum weight per axle, and number of trailers) or what you're hauling (hazardous materials like explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids or solids, corrosives, etc.). Multiple vehicle profiles can be stored in the memory.
  • Warning Icons: With your vehicle profile entered, the nuvi 465T will display warning icons along your route that affect your travel. Warnings include size/weight restrictions, hazmat restrictions, road conditions (grounding risk, lateral wind, narrow road, sharp curves, steep grades), and upcoming weigh stations.
  • NTTS Breakdown Directory: You can search for truck-related points of interest, such as truck repair facilities, including those with 24-hour service. The NTTS Breakdown Directory is pre-loaded into the unit.
  • Lane Assist: During navigation, the unit will guide you to the proper lane to make your next maneuver when approaching complex highway interchanges.

Information Pages: The information provided by the nuvi 465T is found on various display screens called pages. The pages give you the following information:

  • Map:
    • Indicates real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route
    • Shows map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns
    • Allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touch screen controls
    • When you are following a route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, the distance to the next turn (Turn In) is shown in the lower right corner
    • When you are simply driving while viewing the Map page (not following a route), your speed is shown in the lower left corner, the direction you are driving is shown in the lower right corner
  • Trip Computer Display:
    • Shows current compass heading while moving
    • Indicates current speed, average driving speed, overall average speed, maximum speed
    • Calculates driving time, stopped time and total time
    • Displays overall distance traveled (odometer) and distance to your final destination
  • Current Route:
    • Displays a list of turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route as well as arrival information
    • Shows direction of each turn and distance
  • Next Turn:
    • Shows the next turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn

Where To? During navigation, you can search for places by pressing "Menu", then "Where To?" You can select an Address, NTTS (for truck-related POIs), Go Home, Points of Interest, Recently Found, Favorites, Extras, Intersections, Cities, Browse Map, and Coordinates. You can also access Spell Name for direct entry of your new destination, or browse the map. You can search for locations near your present location (default), or select a different city, your current route, or your destination.

Where Am I? The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, or gas stations. You can also save the location for future reference.

Custom Points of Interest: The nuvi 465T will accept custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones, and the unit's proximity alerts can notify you as you approach one of these points. To download custom POIs, you will need the Garmin POI Loader software, available on Garmin's website.

Map Orientation: You can select one of three map orientation displays:

  • 2D Track Up: two-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen
  • 2D North Up: two-dimensional map that constantly displays North at the top of the screen
  • 3D Track Up: three-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen

Vehicle Icons: The default on-screen icon representing your vehicle depends upon the operating mode. When you're in the truck mode your on-screen icon is a tractor trailer. In the automobile mode, it is a blue sports car. In the menu, you can select other vehicle icons, or you can choose from dozens of downloadable vehicle icons from the "Garmin Garage" website.

Route Preferences: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences: faster time, shorter distance, or off road.

Avoidances: You can program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route. Examples of things that can be avoided include U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Traffic, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.

Waypoints: You can manually mark and name any map position as a waypoint for later recall. Up to 1000 waypoints can be saved into memory.

Indoor Use: When indoors, you can activate the built-in simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.

World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness.

Unit Converter: You can convert area, distance, speed, temperature, volume, and weight.

Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

Garmin Lock: Garmin Lock is an anti-theft feature. You can set a 4-digit PIN and a security location (such as your home or office). Every time the nuvi 465T is powered on, you must enter the PIN, or drive to your security location.

Traffic Information

FM Traffic: The nuvi 465T can receive traffic information broadcast over the FM Radio Data System (RDS), when connected to the supplied Garmin GTM 25 FM TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver. When you are in a coverage area, the traffic delays are rated by severity with color-coded icons. If you encounter severe traffic along your route, the unit will automatically recalculate the route for you to avoid traffic delays.

Coupons: Location-relevant offers and pop-up coupons may appear on the unit when the traffic receiver is connected to external power. These offers include a coupon code which can be redeemed when presented at the advertised location. (You should not attempt to write down coupon codes while driving.) The offers and coupons can only be disabled by deactivating the traffic feature.

Picture Viewer

Picture Viewer: The nuvi 465T can display photo images (JPEG files). The image files must be stored on an optional SD memory card or transferred to the internal memory.

Panoramio: The Panoramio website provides photographs that include location information called geotags. These photos can be downloaded into the nuvi 465T or SD memory card, and the unit can route you to the location.

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth Communication: Many Bluetooth-capable cellular phones are compatible with your nuvi 465T and can use it as a hands-free car kit. The nuvi 465T has both a microphone and speaker, so no additional equipment is necessary to integrate your Bluetooth phone. Available options will vary by phone, however, generally these apply:

  • accept or ignore incoming calls on the touch screen
  • dial your home number
  • enter a number manually
  • call a POI (Point Of Interest)
  • dial a number in your phone book
  • call a recently dialed number
  • dial a recent caller
  • send or receive text messages

Bluetooth Compatibility: Visit  http://my.garmin.com/bluetooth/phones.faces for a complete list of Bluetooth compatible mobile phones.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The unit should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a mounting bracket that includes a lockable self-adhesive base. The removable mounting arm and cradle can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket for best visibility. The unit must be installed where it has a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.

Optional Pro.Fit G3 Vehicle Specific Mounts: The Garmin nuvi GPS units are directly compatible with the optional Pro.Fit G3 series of Vehicle Specific Mounts (VSMs). The G3 Series mounts have a ball-and-socket mechanism that perfectly fits the nuvi mounting cradles, giving you a custom mount designed for your vehicle. Please check the Crutchfield "Outfit My Car" vehicle selector to see if a G3 Series VSM is available for your vehicle.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The nuvi 465T operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter, the built-in Lithium-Ion batteries, or household current using an optional AC adapter. The Lithium-Ion batteries provide up to 4 hours of use, and require a 4-hour charge to full capacity. Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not lost when the unit is disconnected from a power source.

Computer Requirements

Internal Memory: The nuvi 465T comes with an internal flash memory for storage of supplemental maps and photos. When the unit is connected to your computer, the nuvi 465T is recognized as an additional drive.

Interface Capability: This unit can be connected to a PC or Mac via USB cable (not included). This interface allows you to download additional map information to the unit's flash memory or an optional SD card. The unit has a standard Mini-USB Version 2.0 jack.

Note: The nuvi is not compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, or Windows NT. It is also not compatible with Mac OS 10.3 or earlier. This is a common limitation of most USB mass storage devices.

 
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5 out of 5

power cord

Written By Jim T., Reno, NV on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
 
Had a 465T for 15 months. Actually only went "dead" once in all that time. But, mini usb connection is inferior to other Garmins with power provided at base/ docking mount when used on my bike. Often goes dead/ re-powers up etc. mildly irritating on a speeding motorcycle. For the truck however, it has been a fine unit with only shortcoming being no mention of approaching scales in CA and going off interstates basically reminds you to follow "local laws"... Occasionally, (Hazel Blvd, Rancho Cordova north) wants you to get the heck back where you came from OR ELSE!!! All in all a very good little unit, though I wish it had power connection through it's base like my last Nuvi.
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Garmin nüvi® 465T

Written By radio_jack2001, Pearl River, NY on Saturday, August 07, 2010
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This is my second Garmin, my first portable unit. The GUI is simple and easy to navigate. It is a great unit for both automotive and truck use since it prompts you to tell it which vehicle your driving every time you power up, so you dont make the mistake of driving a truck route in your personal car, and you can also save different preset truck information if you have to jump between different trucks. Another great thing is that it has the NTTS database built in
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Garmin nüvi® 465T

Written By Jerry, Woodland Ca on Monday, August 03, 2009
 
GREAT ease of use, same size as my auto gps 265w
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