Later this year, Garmin will release Fleet 660 and 670 navigation devices running Android-based software.
The devices are the first from Garmin to run software built on Google’s Android platform and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.
In using Android, fleet service providers will be less dependent on third-party technology companies for developing customized fleet solutions, according to the company.
“These new devices remove many of the hurdles fleet service providers face today, making it easier than ever to develop customized solutions for both medium and large, enterprise-class customers,” said Chad Sallman, Garmin’s senior business development manager for commercial solutions.
The interface is fully customizable and apps and widgets can be added onto the home screen like any other Android tablet.
The Fleet 660 and 670 have Garmin’s latest navigation technology, including Garmin Real Directions voice activated navigation and Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts. They feature an integrated gyroscope to record and analyze driving behavior and support NFC for driver and vehicle identification and data synchronization.
The Fleet 660 is designed for local service fleets, and the 670 is aimed at commercial long-haul trucking fleets with trucking-specific functionality.
Both the Fleet 660 and 670’s hardware is made for in-cab use and feature dust-proof designs, high-sensitivity GPS, extra loud speakers, and 6-inch, sunlight-readable screens.
The new devices also connect to and control a wide range of external devices over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or serial cable. A powered magnetic mount allows for a quick and easy removal between vehicles.
The Fleet 660 will retail for $399.99 and the Fleet 670 will retail for $449.99.