CES 2009: How Garmin's ecoRoute Helps You Save on Gas

Posted: Jan 09, 2009 10:30 a.m.

Garmin kicked off the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show by introducing software that will assist drivers to find the most fuel-efficient route on the road.

The free software, called ecoRoute, will be available for the nuvi 205 and 705 Garmin GPS devices, Edmunds reports, starting in February. This software is just further proof of manufacturers' push to introduce more responsible gadgetry at a more practical CES 2009.

In a press release, Garmin's Vice President of Worldwide Sales Dan Bartel says, "Many of the biggest challenges currently facing people around the world involve the economy and the environment. Using ecoRoute on your Garmin nuvi ® helps you be a smarter driver at a time when everyone is trying to make their paychecks and their gas tanks go the extra mile."

Autoblog Green notes, "The software is customizable, and you can select your car type as well as enter you car's real fuel economy and gas prices. The software will then calculate also how much you could save by taking the eco-route."

ecoRoute also tracks your fuel usage over time or per-trip and can monitor gas prices and mileage.

"Every vehicle uses fuel different, so ecoRoute's allow users to enter their vehicle profits so the software is optimized for any model's fuel economy," says GPSObsessed. "Hopefully this will help nuvi users save some coin. Most of us undoubtedly could use it."

Garmin also announced a new map update program that will allow users to pay a one-time fee to receive quarterly map updates and new points of interest for the life of their device.

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