Overview: The Garmin nüvi 55, part of the Essential 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
5" Touchscreen LCD: The nüvi 55 features a 5",
dual-orientation, 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 55 contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator
North America NT 2014 Lower 49 States maps with detailed road maps of the United
States (including Hawaii, but not Alaska), Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint
Barthélemy, and Jamaica. The maps include more than 8-million points of interest
(POIs) to help you find the destination you desire.
Note: Maps of Canada and Mexico are not included.
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.
Garmin Express: You can connect the unit to your computer
mini-B USB cable (not included) 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.
microSD Card Slot: The nüvi 55 has a microSD card slot so you can
store and use optional maps (available from Garmin), or
download custom voices and vehicles from the
Universal Mount: The nüvi 55 features a new 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 nüvi 55 is powered by
a built-in Lithium-Ion battery, which will provide up to 2 hours of use when
fully charged. The unit comes with a 12-volt cigarette lighter power
adapter for powering and charging the unit while you travel. 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 a
mini-B USB cable.
Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 8-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations,
attractions, and ATMs. 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.
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,
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.
myTrends: The myTrends feature takes into account your personal driving habits and anticipates your route
when calculating your ETA to your frequent destinations. This feature does not
work out of the box at first, but is most effective after 2-3 weeks of regular
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.