Overview: The Garmin nüvi 2497LMT, part of the Advanced Series, is a portable GPS
navigation device that provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice
unit includes subscription-free, lifetime traffic updates and
free lifetime map updates. With built-in Bluetooth, you can make and receive
hands-free phone calls through a Bluetooth-enabled phone, plus receive live
services through a free Smartphone Link app.
4.3" Touchscreen LCD: The nüvi 2497LMT features a 4.3"
manual dual-orientation WQVGA color TFT 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.
Preloaded Maps: The nüvi 2497LMT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North
America NT 2013 maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including
Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Cayman
Islands, and Bahamas. The maps include more than 10-million points of interest (POIs)
to help you find the destination you desire.
Free Lifetime Map Updates: The nüvi 2497LMT offers free
lifetime map updates 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
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.
Garmin Express: You can connect the unit to your computer
with the supplied USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices,
and vehicles. You will need to download the Garmin Express software to update your maps and register the unit. Garmin Express requires Windows Vista or newer or Mac OS X
10.7 or higher, running in 64-bit.
Bluetooth: The nüvi 2497LMT has built-in Bluetooth
technology. This 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.
microSD Card Slot: The nüvi 2497LMT has a microSD card slot so you can
store and use optional cityXplorer or marine maps (available from Garmin), or
download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.
Power Requirements: The Garmin nüvi 2497LMT is powered by
your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power
adapter. The built-in Lithium-Ion battery will provide up to 2.5 hours of use
after a 4-hour charge. An optional
AC adapter allows you to operate the unit on ordinary household current.
The unit can be powered by your computer when it is connected via the supplied USB cable.
Garmin Real Directions/Garmin Real Voice: The nüvi 2497LMT
features Garmin Real Directions with easy-to-understand driving directions using
recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights, in addition to street
names. Garmin Real Voice uses advanced speech technology that sounds more like a
natural human voice.
Voice Command: You can use your voice to activate and
operate the nüvi 2497LMT. 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.
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, weather, dynamic parking, and
fuel prices. Garmin Smartphone Link is available for iPhone in the App Store and
for Android in the Google Play store.
Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic
tie-ups that may delay your travel. It uses one of the most extensive traffic
avoidance systems to check traffic conditions more than 2 billion times a month.
The traffic 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
Note: Traffic updates are available in approximately
98 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
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 84 metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.
Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 10-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations,
attractions, and ATMs. are included to help you find the destination you desire.
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.
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 nüvi 2497LMT 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.
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.
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.
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, gas stations,
and roadside assistance. 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,
food, lodging, restrooms, parking, and banks and 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.
Garmin Locate: 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
new 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.
Garmin Garage: The unit offers your choice of eight standard
icons to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Garage offers dozens more
vehicle icons that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon
and voice bundles with Star Wars (Yoda, Darth Vader), Sesame Street (Oscar,
Cookie Monster, Ernie & Bert), and The Simpsons (Homer and Marge) themes.
trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled,
the nüvi 2497LMT automatically records historic traffic data and uses that data
to calculate more efficient routes. This information is sent to Garmin when you
connect your device to myGarmin (your personal account site on the Garmin
website) using your computer. Different routes may be calculated based on
traffic trends for the day of the week or the time of day.
myTrends: In addition to the trafficTrends feature, myTrends
also takes into account your personal driving habits and anticipates your route
when calculating your ETA to your frequent destinations.
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 Computer: The trip information page displays your
current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics
about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page
also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as
the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving
average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of
your next trip.
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.
ecoRoute: The optional ecoRoute feature calculates the fuel
economy and the fuel price of navigating to a destination, and offers tools for
improving fuel efficiency. The ecoRoute application can be purchased from the
Garmin Online Store.