Garmin introduced the nüvi 1490T, a premium automotive GPS device with a large, 5-inch touchscreen and sleek body style that is claimed to be “25-percent slimmer than most nüvi models”. The retail price for the nüvi 1490T is $499.99 (€319.99 in the Europe), and it is expected to be available in July 2009.
An integrated traffic receiver comes standard with the nüvi 1490T and gives ad-supported, free, lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic in 50 markets across North America. In addition, the nüvi 1490T has Bluetooth connectivity to place hands-free calls directly from the device.
The nüvi 1490T also offers enhanced pedestrian navigation capability with optional CityXplorer maps based on NAVTEQ Discover city data. Available for select tourist destinations in both North America and Europe, CityXplorer maps can be downloaded directly to the nüvi. CityXplorer includes public transit options such as bus and metro rail stations. Content from CityXplorer varies in cost from $9.99 to $14.99, depending on the city.