Overview: The Garmin Drive 52 & Traffic, part of the 2019 Garmin
is a portable GPS navigation device that provides automatic routing and
turn-by-turn voice directions. The unit receives data from overhead global
positioning satellites, not cellular signals, for reliable navigation
directions. The Drive 52 & Traffic features free Lifetime Map
Updates, as well as Lifetime Garmin Traffic.
5" Touchscreen LCD: The Drive 52 & Traffic features a 5"
(diagonal) color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels.
The display has both day and night modes, which are switchable manually or
automatically. You can also choose a display timeout of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5
minutes, or none.
Preloaded Maps: The Drive 52 & Traffic contains Here's (formerly NAVTEQ) City
Navigator NT North America maps with detailed road maps of the United States
(including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. In addition, the loaded maps include a
list of notable historic sites from the History Channel, TripAdvisor traveler
ratings, and millions of points-of-interest from Foresquare.
Note: Optional maps are available for this device via microSD card
or download directly from
Garmin.com/express. Garmin Express requires Windows 7 (SP1) and up, or Mac
OS X 10.11 or newer.
On-screen Owner's Manual: The unit now features the full
Garmin owner's manual in its memory, so you can access it at any time.
microSD Card Slot: The Drive 52 & Traffic has a microSD card slot so you can
store and use optional maps (available from Garmin). You can use a microSD card
up to 32 GB.
Optional Backup Camera: You can add the optional Garmin
wireless backup camera to the Drive 52 & Traffic, allowing you to view on the screen
what's behind your vehicle when it is in reverse.
Universal Mount: The Drive 52 & Traffic features a universal mount
that holds the unit securely in place, but can be easily removed. The circular
Universal Bracket mount clips into the socket on the back of the unit, and fits
the ball mount found on Garmin windshield and dash mounts.
Power Requirements: The Garmin Drive 52 & Traffic is powered by a
built-in Lithium-Ion battery, which will provide up to 1 hour of use when fully
charged. The unit comes with a 12-volt DC power
adapter for powering and charging the unit while you travel. The unit can be powered by your computer when it is connected via the supplied
mini-B USB cable.
Compatibility: You can connect the unit to your computer
with the supplied mini-B USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices,
and vehicles. The Drive 52 & Traffic is viewable as a USB Mass Storage device, compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X
10.4 or later.
Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Drive 52 & Traffic offers free
lifetime map updates (of the preloaded map software) so you'll always have the
most up-to-date maps, POIs, and navigation information. Map updates are
available for download up to 4 times a year with no subscription or update fees
and no expiration dates.
Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic
tie-ups that may delay your travel. The Garmin Traffic receiver is built into
the Drive 52 & Traffic, which includes the TA10 traffic antenna and car charger. No
smartphone is required for this service. The device uses Here (formerly NAVTEQ)
Real-Time RDS Traffic coverage, which collects, processes, and distributes
real-time traffic conditions, and refreshes the traffic data every 5 minutes.
Updates appear to the side of the map, so your driving map remains onscreen at
all times. The updates can give you details about the situation, including the
estimated length of the delay. Alternate routes may be suggested to help steer
you clear of construction zones or accidents ahead.
Note: Traffic updates are available for interstates and
major highways in and around approximately
markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Use of a car charger/traffic antenna other than the included TA10 or optional TA20 will result in the loss of traffic information. Location-relevant pop-up ads and
coupons may be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.
POIs with TripAdvisor: The built-in maps include millions of Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations,
attractions, and ATMs. Many of the listings show ratings from TripAdvisor, the
world's largest travel site. Additional search
information sourced from Foresquare. In addition, you can download additional points of interest and add them to the
unit's memory (Custom POIs). The free POI Loader software can be downloaded from
the Garmin website to assist you in creating Custom POIs.
History Channel POIs: The Drive 52 & Traffic includes data from the
History Channel on hundreds of historic points-of-interest. The data includes
pictures and descriptions of historical monuments, parks, historic sites, and
National Parks Directory: The device includes a directory of
U.S. National Parks. The directory includes turn-by-turn directions to the
parks, including information and directions to campgrounds, visitor centers,
picnic areas, and trailheads.
Map View Options: You can choose from a 3D map view or two 2D map
views (Track Up or North Up) as you navigate to your destination.
Garmin Real Directions: The Drive 52 & Traffic announces your
upcoming maneuvers with a clear spoken voice. Using Garmin Real Directions, the
spoken turn-by-turn directions utilize traffic lights and recognizable landmarks to guide
you. For example, the unit uses phrases such as "Turn left at the traffic light"
or "Turn right at the gas station."
Junction View: While navigating a route on a major roadway,
a realistic image of an upcoming junction appears on the screen. Junction View
with Lane Assist can help you select the proper lane with brightly colored
arrows pointing the way.
Speed Limits: As you travel along a major road or street, the speed limit is
displayed on the screen alongside of the vehicle's speed display. If you are
exceeding the speed limit, the color of the vehicle speed indication changes to
red. If the highway's posted speed limit has changed since the last map update,
you can change the speed limit display on the unit.
Driver Alerts: The Drive 52 & Traffic features audible and visual
alerts to help you drive more safely and increase situation awareness. Warnings
include alerts for Animal Crossing, Railroad Crossing, School Zones, and Sharp Curves. Each situation can be selected or deselected in the menu.
There are also Speeding Alerts, Break Planning for long trips, and Proximity
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant
access to important information in case of an emergency. When you touch the
vehicle icon on the map screen, the "Where
Am I?" feature provides 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, and gas stations. You can also save the location for future reference.
Up Ahead: As you travel along your route, the Up Ahead
feature constantly indicates the location of nearby businesses, including gas
restaurants, lodging, rest areas, parking, and banks/ATMs. The locations are shown
as icons, some with brand logos, and when the icons are touched on the screen,
details of the services are displayed, and you are given the opportunity to
navigate to that address.
Last Spot: To assist you in finding your parked vehicle, the
Garmin Locate feature saves your location to memory when you remove the device
from the windshield mounting cradle while the device is on. You can search for
your vehicle's location using the Last Spot button in the menu.
Destination Search: When the Where To? button is pressed, you can use
the search tools to find your destination and plan your route. The search tools
allow you to search for cities, addresses, intersections, or coordinates. The
Search Bar lets you directly enter a category, brand name, address, or city
name. The unit's memory stores the last 50 locations you have found so you can
quickly find a previous destination.
Avoidances: In the Navigation menu, you can customize your
route to avoid specific obstacles or highway features. The list of avoidances
includes U-turns, Highways, Ferries, Carpool Lanes, and Unpaved Roads. You can
select each one individually. You can also enter custom avoidances, such as
specific areas or roads. Toll roads can be allowed or avoided, or you can choose
to be asked each time before routing through a toll area.
Trip Planner: You can create and save a trip with multiple
destinations using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations,
you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device
to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory
for future use.
Trip Data: The Trip Data feature is a customizable tool to provide
helpful statistics about your trip. Numerous data points can be selected, and
three of them displayed on the main map screen. Selectable data points include:
dual trip odometers (Trip A/Trip B), Direction, Current Speed, Maximum Speed,
Moving Average Speed, Overall Average Speed, Stopped time, Moving Time, Total
Time, Time of Day, Elevation, Location Coordinates, and GPS accuracy.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application
allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map.
In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have
traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've
Been and Trip Log features to function.
GPS Simulator: When indoors, you can activate the built-in
GPS simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's
not searching for satellites, saving battery power.