The good folks at Garmin gave us a ride from the Las Vegas airport
to our hotel to show off its new GPS units, and we were especially impressed with
the nuvi 800 (press release)what
they claim is the first GPS to respond to natural speech voice commands.
Voice-rec isnt brand-new in the GPS world. (Magellan, for
example has offered it for a while.) But the nuvi 800 is very slick. It (almost)
always got the commands on the first try and doesnt require a verbal setup
warning that youre about to give it a command. Just say the names of items on
the home screen and on following screens to navigate into the menus.
While the map is up and youre driving, you can ask for any
data that applies, for example, like a list of nearby coffee shops, and reroute
the nav program if you have an emergency craving for a Vente Americano decaf.