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Old 11-06-2009, 08:29 AM   #1
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The EcoRoute ESP will connect your Garmin Nuvi to your vehicle's diagnostics port.
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We stopped by Garmin's booth at the 2009 SEMA Show expecting a new GPS device or news of another OEM integration deal, but we stumbled upon something even better. Sometime next year, Garmin's Nuvi GPS devices will gain the ability to communicate with your car through ESP.

In this case, we're not talking about psychic extra-sensory perception, but the EcoRoutes ESP module for Nuvi navigation devices.


The ESP module is a small hideaway box that communicates with Nuvi units via Bluetooth.
(Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET)

The ESP module is a hideaway box that connects to (and is powered by) your vehicle's OBD-II diagnostics port. The device gathers information about your vehicle's performance and relays that info via a Bluetooth data connection to your Garmin Nuvi GPS device atop your dashboard.

Using the Nuvi's touch screen, users can view a set of customizable gauges, view and clear fault codes when the Check Engine light comes on, and monitor real-time fuel economy and emissions data. The unit also provides data logging for users who want to track their performance and interfaces with the EcoRoutes software that's already present on current Garmin devices.

Garmin's representatives were happy to give us a quick demo of the system in action at their booth on the show floor and it looks pretty slick. Pricing and availability were unavailable at the time of publication, but we're told to expect more information at CES in January 2010, so stay tuned.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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whoa. this could replace the gauges in my car. i wonder how accurate it is
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:25 PM   #4
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thats really cool but you would need a nuvi with bluetooth
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:03 PM   #5
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I wonder if this will work with older Nuvi models that are equipped with bluetooth? If it is, then is there going to be a firmware upgrade involved or what? I don't think the gauges and graphics are already present in older models.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:09 PM   #6
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There are already some really good BT ODBII devices, and many work with windows M6 and above.

Racechrono works with most and not only give you OBDII data loging, but GPS logging as well.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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not even close

This http://www.dashdaq.com/ is more like it
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:15 PM   #8
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pretty sweet.. hopefully this would negate the need for some of those extra gauges.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:38 PM   #9
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I would love to see something that goes to the next step.
Make it part AccessPort for tuning, GPS, and add the monitor/gauges features. You could then add on expansion modules via micro USB or bluetooth to add G-meters, radar, laser, satellite radio, FM radio, etc.
Then you could have everything in one easy to use unit.
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