Garmin has announced a product that uses their GXM 30 smart antenna. Their new GPSMAP 376C overlays weather data on its display via XM Satellite Radio.
The unit will house a large 3.8-inch diagonal, 480 x 320 pixel, 256-color TFT screen with LED backlight. To handle and backup your GPS data the device will have a high-speed USB port to connect to your PC. Battery life will last you anywhere between 4-15 hours based on your usage of the features such as LED backlight and XM radio. A chargeable battery and extra loose battery housing will come with the device.
The 376C will display info such as wind speeds, storm cells, NEXRAD radar, surface temperatures, forecasts and much more. The service is the same that most professional meteorologists across the US use. To gather the data it will use Garmin’s new GXM 30 smart antenna is 3 inches in diameter that process all the weather info and sends it to the 376C for display.
Now I know what you’re asking; can I also get regular XM radio? Yep. With an XM radio subscription you can tune into 150-plus channels on the XM radio network.
Not sure when this guy will hit the streets, but expect a price of under $1000US. Not bad, considering you get a navigation system, weather device, and XM radio all in one package.
Thanks to Engadget for the image.