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The nüvi® 1690 sat nav is the new online social navigator that gives you real-time information on the go. It comes with a range of nüLink!™ services including instant traffic updates so you can avoid the queues, advanced speed cameras, up-to-date fuel prices, Google™ Local Search and Pan-European roaming*. If you want to keep in touch with friends, nüvi 1690 offers social networking and interactive navigation with Ciao! Friend Finder. And you can stay connected with instant business and phone listings too.
Includes Google Search
Hot Traffic Alerts: Instant traffic updates so you can avoid the queues.
Google™ Local Search: Need an address? Find it on Google and navigate to it.
Ciao!™ Friend Finder: Track your friends and navigate to them with social navigation.
Fuel Prices: Accurate, comprehensive fuel prices you can rely on to save fuel costs.
International Telephone Directory: Online telephone directory for addresses and numbers when you need them.
Includes Friend Finder
Advanced Speed Cameras: Speed cameras are continually updated so there are no surprises on route.
Weather Forecast: Always know the weather along your route and elsewhere.
Flight Status: Get up-to-the minute arrival and departure information whilst on route.
Currency Exchange: Keep up to date with current exchange rates while travelling abroad.
Send to GPS: Plan your journey remotely and "send" it to your sat nav.
Other nüvi 1690 features
nüvi 1690 offers everything you'd expect and more from a premium Garmin sat nav. It is ultra-slim but still has full European mapping. It announces the names of streets before you turn so you can be confident you're going the right way. It has GPS HotFix™ so it finds satellites quickly - and you can start driving without waiting for your sat nav to catch up.
Great on the go - driving, walking or on public transport
Use the nüvi 1690 to its full potential by downloading cityXplorer™ via www.Garmin.co.uk/cityXplorer to navigate like a local. The enhanced pedestrian mode gives you directions for walking including footpaths and shortcuts through parks - places you wouldn't be accessing while in your car. It also tells you where to catch trains, buses and tubes (dependent on the city), and how long it will take to reach your destination. cityXplorer even has public transport timetables to ensure you arrive at the station on time and help avoid long waits (dependent on the city).
To make the most of your Garmin sat nav when exploring a new city, whether on a day trip, a holiday or for business, you can also add an optional AA City Guide. It tells you everything you need to know about your chosen city from attractions and places to eat, hotels and shops.
Advanced speed cameras
Lane Assist helps you get into the correct lane in plenty of time which is particularly useful near busy junctions. It illustrates the lanes in the top left-hand corner of the main map screen, with the distance to the exit and which lanes to take. Junction View gives you an accurate preview of the road signs up ahead on the sat nav screen together with an illustration of any lane changes required.
Make hands free phone calls
Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel with nüvi 1690's integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, microphone and speaker. Just pair with your compatible mobile phone and talk hands-free through the nüvi. You can also search for a place of interest on your Garmin nüvi (such as a hotel or restaurant) and call it simply by pressing the telephone icon on your sat nav's screen. It means you can stow your phone in your glovebox, bag or pocket and let your sat nav do the work. To see if your phone is compatible, go to www.garmin.com/bluetooth/phones.jsp
Go Green and save fuel
The ecoRoute™ fuel-saver feature enables you to choose a fuel-efficient route which could save you fuel and money. Simply choose the "less fuel" option and nüvi 1690 will calculate the route which will use the least fuel. You can also see the estimated cost of your journey as you plan it and get scored for your driving performance with the Driving Challenge - good for identifying areas for improvement.
Park Position Recall
Your nüvi 1690 will remember where you've parked and direct you back there.
Where am I? safety feature
The Where am I? safety feature can be very helpful if you break down or need a certain service urgently. Just tap the car icon on your map screen for your exact coordinates, contact details for vehicle recovery services and directions to hospitals, police and petrol stations.
Find the cheapest fuel
Extras for your Garmin
There are lots of extras you can add to your Garmin sat nav. These include travel guides such as AA Days Out, The Good Pub Guide, historical audio tours and more. You can also have some fun by adding celebrity voices. If you're a music fan you may want to download the locations festivals in the UK, or if you want to go on a shopping trip the locations of shopping centres. See www.garmin.co.uk/garminextras for more information.
*Services available in 15 European countries, services vary between countries. Please see www.garmin.com/nulink! for details.
nuLink! countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. The access to roaming depends on the service - speed cameras and telephone directory access will be limited to the region selected.