Garmin, the global market leader in Portable Navigation Devices (PNDs), has selected HERE Technologies to provide map data and traffic information for PND products it offers in Russia. The agreement means that Garmin users will benefit from high quality automotive-grade maps covering 3.7 million kilometers of roads across the country. The launch of PNDs with HERE map data will not only benefit new Garmin customers; PND owners who bought a Garmin device with a Lifetime Map Update subscription after June 2012 will qualify for a free download of the latest map of Russia from HERE.
Users of Garmin’s traffic-enabled products will also benefit from HERE’s live Radio Broadcast Traffic service, which is available across 51 metropolitan areas in Russia, while Bluetooth-enabled PNDs will have free access to HERE’s Connected Traffic service which covers over 100 Russian cities via Garmin’s Smartphone Link app.
The agreement between HERE and Garmin builds on a long-term partnership between the two companies. In 2015, HERE and Garmin signed a new ten-year agreement and Garmin currently utilizes HERE mapping and location services in dozens of markets globally. Bruno Bourguet, SVP Sales & Business Development at HERE Technologies, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Garmin in new markets. This is another example of an industry leader trusting HERE Technologies to provide world-class global maps and services to power their own products.”
Garmin products are imported to Russia by their distributor of over 20 years, Navicom, headquartered in Moscow.