Drive, hike, bike or boat. With the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode nuvi 500, you can do it all. Packed with detailed street maps and a microSD card slot for optional mapping, nuvi 500 is ready for adventure both on and off road. nuvi 500 switches modes to navigate your active lifestyle and provides spoken turn-by-turn directions to your destination.
nuvi 500 features driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes which customise your nuvi specifically for your method of travel. This portable hybrid combines the advanced navigation features and large, colour display found in automotive units with the durability of an outdoor handheld. Sleek and slim, you can slip nuvi 500 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets nuvi navigate you on roads or off.
nuvi 500's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where to?" and "View Map". Touch the colour screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions to your destination. It comes preloaded with City Navigator NT map data for Australia and New Zealand. Its packed with over 600,000 points of interest (POIs) and features maps with shaded relief. With nuvi 500, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to geo-tagged photos. If you're lost, use the Where Am I? emergency locator to view your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.
An optional FM traffic receiver is compatible with the 500 allowing real time traffic alerts through Suna Traffic Channel in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Receive alerts about traffic delays and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Next, simply touch nuvi's screen to view traffic details or detour around the problem area.
nuvi 500 accepts optional mapping for all of your outdoor adventures. Conveniently plug in BlueChart g2 marine maps on a microSD card for a great day on the water. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, nuvi 500 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and near tall building and trees.
Navigation is just the beginning. nuvi 500 includes many travel tools, including world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. Show off photos of your excursions with nuvi's picture viewer. Even download geocaches and instructions from Geocaching.com straight to your unit. The 500 also features Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with our free Garmin Garage, where you can download custom vehicles that show your location on the map.