By Andrew Liszewski
Not only will a Garmin GPS navigation system make it easier to get where you’re going, but it will now help you get there using less fuel, in theory. The company’s new ecoRoute hd module plugs into your vehicle’s OBDII or ‘onboard diagnostics port’ and pairs with any of the Garmin nüvi units to provide additional information about your car’s performance including intake air temperature, coolant temperature, throttle position and engine load, intake manifold pressure, battery and charging system information, mass airflow rate, timing advance and even missions.
This information, coupled with Garmin’s ecoRoute software, should allow the GPS unit to not only show the quickest route to your destination, but also the most fuel efficient one. As an added bonus drivers will also be able to see diagnostic trouble codes via the GPS with on-screen descriptions, and even reset that pesky ‘check engine’ light. Available sometime in March for $149.99.