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Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMT

Portable navigator with 5" screen

Item # 150DS50LMT

Garmin's DriveSmart 50LMT portable navigator employs a host of familiar and friendly Garmin driver-assistance...

Garmin's DriveSmart 50LMT portable navigator employs a host of familiar and friendly Garmin driver-assistance...

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About the Garmin DriveSmart™ 50LMT

Drive smarter with this Garmin navigator leading the way

Garmin's DriveSmart 50LMT portable navigator employs a host of familiar and friendly Garmin driver-assistance features, plus new tools to help you drive with confidence. Lifetime map and traffic updates, Bluetooth® connectivity, voice-activated navigation, and social media check-ins come standard with every Garmin DriveSmart navigator. Enhancements such as driver alerts and smartphone notifications for incoming texts and calls amplify this device's convenience and reliability.

Drive smarter with this Garmin navigator leading the way

Garmin's DriveSmart 50LMT portable navigator employs a host of familiar and friendly Garmin driver-assistance features, plus new tools to help you drive with confidence. Lifetime map and traffic updates, Bluetooth® connectivity, voice-activated navigation, and social media check-ins come standard with every Garmin DriveSmart navigator. Enhancements such as driver alerts and smartphone notifications for incoming texts and calls amplify this device's convenience and reliability.

Garmin DriveSmart 50LMT portable navigator

Garmin's "Up Ahead" feature gives you milestones for your trip.

A beautiful 5" touchscreen display...

The DriveSmart 50LMT's bright 5" display makes it easy to follow along, and you can view its maps in either portrait or landscape orientation. You'll have access to preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, most of Mexico, and several Caribbean islands, along with millions of points of interest; you can even add your own favorite destinations. You can find and select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus.

The screen's pinch-to-zoom interface lets you scale and move the map easily for the best view. And with one tap of the screen, you can view Up Ahead details for services that lie ahead on your route, including restaurants, gas stations, and more. Garmin even includes milestones to help you keep track of how far you have to go. You also get up free map updates to keep you current on road changes. won't need to touch

Voice-activated navigation is quite simple: with one spoken command, you can "wake up" the navigator to respond to your voice. You can search through menus on the screen, then input addresses and destinations without touching the screen. The Garmin will respond to your words intelligently. Built-in Bluetooth lets you sync your compatible phone to the navigator for hands-free conversations you carry on through the DriveSmart's integrated microphone and speaker.

Smartphone users can download Garmin's free Smartphone Link app to their device and connect to the DriveSmart. When paired, the navigator can use your phone's existing data plan to share information such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. You can then use your phone to give you step-by-step directions back to your car in a large parking lot, for example, or to import destinations to your navigator from your phone.

You can also launch Garmin Live Services from the app, which give you local weather reports, live traffic updates, real-time photos from traffic cameras, area gas prices, and locations and rates for nearby parking lots and garages. Some Garmin Live Services require a subscription. Data charges may apply for using Smartphone Link — you'll want to check with your service provider.

Alerts for road warriors

Surprises can be nice, but not so much for drivers. The DriveSmart delivers GPS-based alerts for upcoming sharp curves, school zones, red-light and speed cameras, and more. Speed limit displays with visual warnings on major roads help keep you in check. The DriveSmart even activates a driver fatigue warning when it detects long periods of consecutive driving without any extended stops.

Garmin DriveSmart 50LMT portable navigator

Smartphone notifications

You know the feeling: you're driving down the highway and from your pocket your phone vibrates to let you know about a text or call. You might be tempted to take your eyes off the road and pull out your phone, but that's not the safest idea. When your phone's paired with the DriveSmart via Bluetooth, you can now see customizable notifications on the map screen for incoming calls, texts, calendar reminders, and select app alerts. You'll also need to have the Garmin Smartphone Link app on your phone, and data charges may apply.

Find it via Foursquare®

Foursquare's crowd-sourced database of points of interest breathes new life into tired directories of where to stop for gas, food, lodging, or shopping. When you look for points of interest on the DriveSmart, you'll see the most relevant Foursquare results at the top of the search bar, so you'll know the destination is verified by actual users. Pair your DriveSmart with Garmin's Smartphone Link, and you'll also see helpful info such as ratings, hours, and price range displayed on the navigator's screen. And if you're a Foursquare user yourself, you can check in nearly anywhere through the navigator when it's paired with your phone.

Garmin Traffic helps you avoid delays

The DriveSmart 50LMT features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's Traffic service, which covers a wide selection of roads and delivers reports in a hurry. Garmin Traffic incorporates data from active devices on the road, historical traffic patterns, and other factors like construction, concerts, and sporting events to give you a comprehensive look at congestion in most metropolitan areas, including a few cities in Canada. Best of all, you won't have to pay any extra charges for this service over the life of your DriveSmart.

Door-to-door accuracy

Most portable navigators leave you on your own once they've gotten you to the general vicinity of your destination, which can be a real hassle when you're trying to find a specific store in a mall or the correct gate at an airport. Garmin's Direct Access feature helps you find your way to specific points at select malls, airports, and universities, so you don't have to search helplessly once you've gotten to the general area. It'll even help you get through parking lots to get you as close to your exact destination as possible, giving business travelers an edge when it's time to rent a car.

Hear directions clearly

The DriveSmart 50LMT offers features that makes navigating more natural. Real Directions voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time. And you'll hear directions spoken in a personable, human-sounding voice that you'll comprehend readily.

Easy-to-follow guidance

Garmin incorporates a bevy of helpful visual tools to keep you on the correct path:

  • Active Lane Guidance shows you colored arrows for the correct lane for an upcoming turn.
  • Bird's Eye junction view gives you a detailed look at complicated interchanges from above, to give you a better perspective.
  • photoReal junction view displays realistic images of intersections, including signs and surrounding terrain, along with colored arrows for the correct lane.

You'll see all three visual features in a split-screen with your overall route so you won't lose sight of what's further down the road. This Garmin's also compatible with the optional Garmin BC 30 wireless rear-view camera and Garmin babyCam so you can add an extra layer of safety when you're backing out of your driveway or need to check on the kids in the rear seat.


Product highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • 5" (480 x 272 pixels) dual-orientation display with pinch-to-zoom touchscreen control
  • nüMaps Lifetime subscription (receive free map updates as they become available through Garmin's website)
  • includes Garmin Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter, mini-USB cable and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 1 hour of life
Navigation Features:
  • accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • includes Foursquare points of interest (with ratings when connected to smartphone via Smartphone Link)
  • preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus most of Mexico and several major Caribbean islands
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
  • 3D representations of select buildings, landmarks, and terrain
  • Direct Access provides door-to-door directions to destinations within select malls, airports, and universities
  • Real Directions gives instructions using landmarks, buildings, and traffic signals, with human-like voice announcements
  • trafficTrends provides routes based on actual historic travel times due to daily traffic
  • Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts
  • Bird's Eye and photoReal junction views
  • speed limit and school zone indicators
  • driver alerts for upcoming sharp curves, red-light and speed cameras, and fatigue warnings
  • Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services and milestones along route
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto
  • Bluetooth for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • onscreen notifications of incoming calls, texts, calendar reminders, and app updates via connected smartphone
  • allows Foursquare check-ins via connected smartphone
  • works with Garmin Smartphone Link app for iPhone® and Android™ phones
  • microSD™ card slot
  • compatible with optional Garmin BC 30 wireless camera and Garmin babyCam
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the box:

  • Portable GPS navigation device with 5" LCD screen
  • Mounting clip (with ball socket)
  • Suction cup mount
  • 66" TA10 traffic antenna and vehicle power cable with 12V power plug and right-angled Mini-B 2.0 USB connector
  • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Welcome document
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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Features & specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, MX
Points of Interest Millions
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Phone
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control Yes
Traffic Information Garmin Traffic
Dynamic Content Services With Smartphone Link
Removable Memory Type microSD
Battery Life 1 hour
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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General Features
Navigation Features

General Features

Overview: The Garmin DriveSmart 50LMT, part of the 2016 Garmin DriveSmart series, 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. Garmin DriveSmart devices include driver awareness alerts for upcoming hazards such as sharp curves, railroad crossings, school zones, and speed limit changes. It can also provide a fatigue warning after you drive a long period of time without a significant break. The DriveSmart series also includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, access to live services through the SmartLink app, and voice-activated navigation. The DriveSmart 50LMT features free Lifetime Map Updates and Lifetime Traffic Avoidance.

5" Capacitive-Touchscreen LCD: The DriveSmart 50LMT features a 5" (diagonal), dual-orientation, color TFT capacitive-touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The screen can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientation, and can be switched in the Settings Menu. The glass, capacitive-touch screen acts like your smartphone display, allowing you to use a pinching action to zoom in or out of the maps.

Bluetooth: The DriveSmart 50LMT has built-in Bluetooth technology, which allows you to sync the unit with a Bluetooth-enabled device for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. You can make and receive phone calls as long as the devices are within 33 feet and paired.

Smartphone Link: Smartphone Link is a phone application that allows the device to download live data using your phone's data connection, and transferring the data wirelessly via Bluetooth. The free Garmin Smartphone Link app provides access to Garmin Live Services, which includes free and subscription-based plans for viewing traffic data, photoLive traffic cameras, weather, dynamic parking, and fuel prices. Garmin Smartphone Link is available for iPhone in the App Store (iOS 7.0 and later) and for Android in the Google Play store (Android 2.2 and up).

Smart Notifications: When connected via the Smartphone Link, the DriveSmart 50LMT will display calls, texts, and other notifications from your Android or iPhone. This allows you to read or hear your messages without having to pick up your phone.

Voice Command: You can use your voice to activate and operate the DriveSmart 50LMT. Voice Command allows you to use the device by speaking words and commands and following the voice prompts. After speaking a predetermined Wakeup Phrase, you can enter the names and/or address of popular, well-known locations. If necessary, you can disable voice prompts without muting the device, so you'll still hear the audible directions as you travel.

Preloaded Maps: The DriveSmart 50LMT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator NT North America with detailed road maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Mexico.

Note: Optional maps are available for this device via microSD card, download, or DVD directly from

nüMaps Guarantee: If you register your device on Garmin's website within 90 days of acquiring satellites while driving, you can check to see if a free map update is available. You must be able to connect your device via a high-speed internet connection in order to check the loaded map version and download the map update.

microSD Card Slot: The DriveSmart 50LMT has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional maps (available from Garmin), or download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.

Universal Mount: The DriveSmart 50LMT 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 DriveSmart 50LMT 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 DriveSmart 50LMT is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Navigation Features

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The DriveSmart 50LMT 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. Free Lifetime Map Updates are subject to Terms & Conditions.

Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic tie-ups that may delay your travel. It uses NAVTEQ Traffic-RDS, 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. Free Lifetime Garmin Traffic requires no subscription or activation, and is subject to Terms & Conditions.

Note: Traffic updates are available in approximately 136 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Location-relevant pop-up ads and coupons will be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.

Optional Garmin HD Digital Traffic: When you add the optional Garmin GTM60 HD Digital Traffic receiver, you will receive updates as often as every 30 seconds over the HD Radio system, more than 10 times more often than other analog traffic receivers. Garmin HD Digital Traffic is available in approximately 125 metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.

POIs: The built-in maps include millions of Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs. The POI database now includes 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.

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 DriveSmart 50LMT 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."

Active Lane Guidance: Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts lets you know in advance which lane you should to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the DriveSmart 50LMT will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal junction view, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and brightly-colored arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation. The Bird's Eye view also gives you a top-down view of upcoming interchanges.

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 DriveSmart 50LMT features audible and visual alerts to help you drive more safely and increase situation awareness. Warnings include alerts for Speed Limit Reduction, Speed Limit Exceeded, Slower Traffic, Animal Crossing, Railroad Crossing, School Zones, Red Light and Speed Cameras, and Sharp Curves. Each situation can be selected or deselected in the menu.

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 stations, 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.

Vehicle Icons: The unit offers your choice of nine standard icons, such as arrows, sports cars, trucks, and compact cars to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Express offers dozens more vehicle icons that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon and voice bundles that you can load to an optional microSD card.

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.

Optional Backup Camera/babyCam: You can add the optional Garmin BC30 wireless backup camera to the DriveSmart 50LMT, allowing you to view on the screen what's behind your vehicle when it is in reverse. In addition, the Garmin babyCam is an in-vehicle video baby monitor that lets you view your backseat passengers right on the display.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
It has the radio antenna for live road conditions, plus voice communications. [ Tony  Mar 14, 2017 ]
Crutchfield was Running a Very Good Cyber Monday Deal and They had the best/most infomation to help me make the discision. [ Sara  Nov 29, 2016 ]
This was the base model that had Bluetooth and voice command. [ JOSHUA  Oct 11, 2016 ]
Value, glass display. [ Leonard  Jun 12, 2016 ]
Replace a Garmin 2597LMT that broke when falling off windshield. [ Scott  Jun 01, 2016 ]
It's what Dad wanted for an early Father's Day present! Let's hope it gets us to the Outer Banks with ease! [ Evan  May 27, 2016 ]
I wanted another Garmin; the best GPS out there. I wanted a 5" with lifetime free map updates and this one has that and a lot more than my current Garmin 4" that I've had since 2009. [ Brian  Apr 01, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

What is the amperage draw on this unit when it is powered on using the 12 volt vehicle power cord?
[ Lawrence  Feb 08, 2017 ]
1 answer
The unit is rated at less than 2 amps DC and has a fuse rated at 2 amps DC. I have never put a probe on it to verify what it draws exactly. I hope this is of some help to you. I use my unit on a daily bases with back-up camera and have had no issues.
[ Bruce  Feb 08, 2017 ]
Does the 50lmt have speed limit alert by voice?
[ Sara  Dec 24, 2016 ]
3 answers
No voice, but it does give a tone for speed changes, road sign warnings.
[ Sara  Dec 28, 2016 ]
It emits aid during/tone but no voice alert that I am aware of. Sara I like your idea of a voice notification though. I think I will send in a letter to the mfg with your suggestion Hope this helps Bruce
[ Bruce  Dec 26, 2016 ]
Do not think so. Been awhile since I used it.
[ CHARLES K  Dec 24, 2016 ]
I see that the unit accepts power input from a USB port. Does the unit power on automatically once power is supplied or do you have to grapple with a power switch?
[ Theodore  Oct 28, 2016 ]
5 answers
When connected to a computer, the unit shows connected and will charge. Not sure if you are trying just to charge the unit or updating the maps. Have not tried connecting to just a USB adapter that just plugs into a electrical outlet. Perhaps you should contact Garmin to be sure. Hope this helps. Claude G
[ CLAUDE G  Nov 04, 2016 ]
i believe it still needs to be turned on with the switch.
[ CHARLES K  Oct 29, 2016 ]
Yes it does power on without pushing the power button.
[ Brian  Oct 29, 2016 ]
you do not need to use the power switch, as it powers on automatically once power is supplied through the usb connector
[ CHARLES S  Oct 29, 2016 ]
The power did come on once it was hooked up. That happens both with the USB port and when you plug it into the vehicle power. I did NOT have to grapple with a power switch.
[ Paul  Oct 28, 2016 ]
does this gps system have to be mounted on the windshield?
[ Rich  Mar 30, 2016 ]
2 answers
You can order a different mount if you want to mount somewhere other than the windshield.
[ Avery  Mar 31, 2016 ]
[ vincent  Mar 31, 2016 ]

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