Originally Posted by tiltrider1
I talked to some GARMIN top brass today at the boat show. They claimed navionics is bound to long term contracts to support competitors. They claim they need revenues from these competitors to justify what they paid for navionics. They wouldn’t tell me exactly what they are up to but said they need navionics chart layering technology and Delorme’s satalite communication technology to develop a new break through device for aviation. They claim they didn’t buy navionics for the marine side but since they own it now they are going to take advantage of the technology to improve there products. Expect to see future Garmin equipment to incorporate active captain and satellite communications all in the same device.
Thanks for the info. I wonder what aviation product they're going to come up with. Their current stuff is quite sophisticated and wonder how they can improve it.... but I guess there's always something. Overall, I like them and have bought a number of their products for marine, aviation and road. Happy with most of them and their support is excellent, which hopefully will be an improvement for Navionics. However, I did purchase a Simrad package before they bought Navionics because of a number of reasons that Garmin couldn't give me. We'll see how that goes.....