About the Garmin DriveSmart™ 55 & Traffic
Guidance for everyday driving and road trips alike
Guidance for everyday driving and road trips alike
Garmin's DriveSmart 55 & Traffic portable navigator doesn't just provide reliable directions — it gives you peace of mind in a hectic world. With a beautiful 5.5" bezel-free design and a wealth of features, it's more than just another gadget. It'll help keep you on course and away from congestion, let you stay in contact with friends, alert you to potential hazards up ahead, and even locate nearby parking spots. And with free map updates and traffic reports included, you don't have to worry about its information going out of date within a few months or years.
A 5.5" display that's both eye-friendly and finger-friendly
The generous display gives you 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 smooth glass 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.
Wi-Fi® for hassle-free updates
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity saves you the trouble of having to connect the device to your computer when it's time for a map or software update. You'll see a prompt on the navigator's screen when an update is available, and if you're within range of a Wi-Fi signal, you can start the download with a tap of the screen. In many cases, you'll be able to update without removing the DriveSmart from your vehicle at all.
Use your voice to navigate and take advantage of Bluetooth® for calls
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 Garmin's integrated microphone and speaker.
Stay on schedule with Garmin Traffic
This DriveSmart 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.
Stay in the know with driver alerts
The DriveSmart delivers GPS-based alerts for upcoming sharp curves, school zones, red-light and speed cameras, railroad and animal crossings, and more. The navigator will tell you when there's a change in the posted speed limit on major roads and give you a visual warning if you're exceeding it. It can also tell you if you're going the wrong way down a one-way street.
A friendly voice for spoken directions
Voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using a personable, human-sounding voice to describe easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time.
Connect with the Garmin Drive app
You can download Garmin's free Drive app to your phone and connect to the DriveSmart. Once 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. Read on for more cool ways the Garmin Drive app can keep you in the know — data charges may apply when using some of these features.
Reduce distracted driving by avoiding the temptation to grab your phone whenever you get an incoming text or call. When your DriveSmart's paired with your phone and the Garmin Drive app, you'll see customizable notifications on the map screen for incoming calls, texts, calendar reminders, and select app alerts.
Garmin Live Services
You can also launch Garmin Live Services from the Garmin Drive app, so you can keep informed on local weather and traffic reports, real-time photos from traffic cameras, and area parking availability and pricing. Some Garmin Live Services require a subscription.
HISTORY® Network, TripAdvisor®, and Foursquare® points of interest
Got a hankering for some learning as you travel? Garmin teamed up with the HISTORY Network to guide you to notable historic sites that you might otherwise miss. You also get a U.S. national parks directory so you can find places to relax and take in scenic views or some recreational activities.
Foursquare's crowd-sourced database of points of interest gives you a whole new take on where to stop for gas, food, lodging, or shopping. 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. Paired up with the Garmin Drive app, 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.
The DriveSmart also includes TripAdvisor ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions which are provided by fellow travelers to this popular platform.
Get a more realistic picture of the road ahead
You'll see 3D representations of select buildings, landmarks, and terrain aspects on the Garmin's screen, making it easier to figure out where you are. Garmin also incorporates Active Lane Guidance with colored arrows for the correct lane to make an upcoming turn. Junction view displays more realistic images of select intersections, including signage, to give you a better idea of which lane you should be following. You'll see these 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 so you can add an extra layer of safety when you're backing out of your driveway.
- portable GPS navigator
- 5.5" (1200 x 720 pixels) multi-touch glass display with pinch-to-zoom touchscreen control
- preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus most of Mexico and several major Caribbean islands
- receive free map updates as they become available using the Garmin Express software suite (available on Garmin's website)
- includes Garmin Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info (no phone required)
- Wi-Fi for wireless map and software updates
- Bluetooth for hands-free calls with your compatible phone
- suction-cup windshield mount
- car power adapter, mini-USB cable and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 1 hour of life
- accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
- millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
- points-of-interest extras include:
- The HISTORY Network
- Foursquare (with check-in when connected to smartphone via Garmin Drive app)
- TripAdvisor (with ratings when connected to smartphone via Garmin Drive app)
- U.S. National Parks directory
- 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
- Active Lane Guidance
- junction view with signage
- speed limit and school zone indicators
- Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services
- driver alerts include:
- upcoming sharp curves
- red-light and speed cameras
- railroad and animal crossings
- wrong way on one-way streets
- fatigue warnings
- multi-destination routing: route optimization
- transport modes: auto
- works with Garmin Drive app for iPhone® and Android™ phones:
- onscreen notifications of incoming calls, texts, calendar reminders, and app updates via connected smartphone
- Garmin Live Services provide local weather and traffic reports plus parking availability and images from traffic cameras
- import destinations from your phone to the navigator and locate your parked car
- allows Foursquare check-ins via connected smartphone
- microSD card slot
- compatible with optional Garmin BC 30 wireless camera
Other Features and Specs:
- dimensions: 5-3/8"W x 3"H x 3/4"D
- weight: 5.31 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 010-02037-02
What's in the box:
- Portable navigation device with 5.5" LCD screen
- Circular mount clip
- Suction cup mount
- TA20 Car charger and traffic antenna with 65" DC output cord (Mini-B USB plug)
- 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB on other end)
- Setup/Configuration guide
- Important Safety and Product Information
Garmin DriveSmart™ 55 & Traffic reviews
Been using them since they came out. I upgrade about every 6 years and they keep getting better. Don't use your phone to drive. Much easier and frees up your phone.
Pros: Even better options than last generations
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Love this new GPS from Garmin, good features for the price, very nice to be able to speak commands to the unit. Makes it much safer while driving. Bluetooth worked well also.
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I love Garmin stuff and this DriveSmart 55 is no exception. The screen is bigger and has a much better touch than the old one I had. The voice commands are really nice (most of the time) although the results are sometimes interesting! My only complaint (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) is the battery doesn't last long (30-45 minutes).
Pros: Bigger screen with great touch Voice commands
Cons: Battery life is short
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The unit works well and does exactly what it is supposed to.
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The Garmin Drive smart 55 is loaded with features it will definitely take you some time to understand and adjust to them . For me my tom-tom was much easier to operate of course I'm sure some of that has to do with me being familiar with the product
Pros: Shortcut feature is very good and easy to access also voice activated is a very nice feature
Cons: While driving to the address that was programmed could've been a little more precise especially when the turn was coming up
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I bought this Garmin to replace our 8-year old Garmin that we loved. I love this one too, and I think I'll love it more once I get used to it. Just one slight problem - that the unit won't connect to my desktop with the USB cable provided. Instead, I used the bluetooth connection to download maps and updates. I wonder if the cable is faulty, but I guess I can live without it.
Pros: Sensitive touch screen Clear graphics Lots of features
Cons: USB cable doesn't connect to computer
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Eight years ago I bought our first GPS, also a Garmin, from Crutchfield (when it was in their previous store). It still works, but the memory (?) was getting limited; more and more with upgrades I had to choose which part of country we wanted to use it. So it was time to get a new one. A wonderful improvement. First it includes all of Canada and United States. More detailed instructions without overdoing it -- also mentioning that you need to turn at an upcoming stop light or stop sign. Intelligent statements about distance to next turn. No more "re-calculating;" rather it quickly adjusts without 'acting' as though you goofed. [you get to treat the voice as a colleague] Also, improved graphics, including a 'movie,' of what the coming turn looks like, at least on the interstates. Another useful touch is that it warns you when the speed limit decreases. [and the salesperson was knowledgeable, helpful, and patient] The old GPS now goes to the car we drive mostly around town.
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Works as described perfectly. I have no complaints.
Pros: Extremely user friendly with a very clear and clean display.
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More details on the Garmin DriveSmart™ 55 & Traffic
Features & specs
|Maps||Free lifetime updates|
|Map Coverage||USA(50), CAN, MEX, USVI,|
|Points of Interest||Millions|
|Multiple Destination Routing||Yes|
|Digital Audio Playback||No|
|Text To Speech||Yes|
|Traffic Information||North America|
|Dynamic Content Services||Live Parking, LiveTrack,|
|Removable Memory Type||microSD|
|Battery Life||1 Hour|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Garmin DriveSmart 55 & Traffic, part of the 2019 Garmin Drive 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. The DriveSmart 55 & Traffic features free Lifetime Map Updates, as well as Lifetime Garmin Traffic, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Live Services, and Voice Command for hands-free navigation.
5.5" Touchscreen LCD: The DriveSmart 55 & Traffic features a 5.5" (diagonal) color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 1200 x 720 pixels. The multi-touch glass display is similar to that of a smartphone, allowing you to zoom in and out of the map using two fingers (pinch and spread). 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.
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth: The DriveSmart 55 & Traffic makes it easy to receive software and map updates with its built-in Wi-Fi. When connected to your home network, you'll be notified when a map or software update is available. The device also has built-in Bluetooth, 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.
Garmin Drive App: The device is compatible with the free Garmin Drive app, which allows you to access real-time services on your smartphone and share it with your navigation device. The app lets you view photoLive traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions from more than 10,000 traffic cameras. You can also view live traffic, weather forecasts, and live parking on your DriveSmart 55. Notifications of new text messages, calendar reminders, and other app alerts appear on the device. Garmin Drive is available from Apple iTunes for iOS devices (11.0 or later), and from Google play for Android devices (5.0 and higher).
Preloaded 3-D Maps: The DriveSmart 55 & Traffic contains Here's (formerly NAVTEQ) City Navigator NT North America maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Mexico. The maps show buildings and terrain in 3-D to make it easier for you to view landmarks as you navigate to your destination. 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 DriveSmart 55 & 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 Wireless Backup Camera: With the optional Garmin BC 40 wireless backup camera, you can view video from the camera right on the screen. You can control the "AA" battery-operated BC 40 with voice commands, such as "Show Video" or "Hide Video." The video is transmitted via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. No drilling or wiring is required to install the camera, and up to 4 BC 40 backup cameras can be paired at a time. The optional Garmin BC 30 wireless backup camera is also compatible.
Universal Mount: The DriveSmart 55 & 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 DriveSmart 55 & 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 DriveSmart 55 & 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 DriveSmart 55 & 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. You can connect the DriveSmart 55 & Traffic to your Wi-Fi network, or to your computer (via the included USB cable), for downloading the latest map update from Garmin Express.
Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic tie-ups that may delay your travel. The Garmin Traffic receiver is built into the DriveSmart 55 & Traffic, which includes the TA20 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 92 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Location-relevant pop-up ads and coupons may be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.
Voice-activated Navigation: The DriveSmart 55 & Traffic lets you use your voice to activate and operate the navigation functions. Voice Command allows you to use the device by speaking the 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.
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 DriveSmart 55 & 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 museums.
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 DriveSmart 55 & 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 DriveSmart 55 & 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 Alerts.
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.
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.
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