Garmin has unveiled three new product offerings, alongside its hosting of the second Connect IQ Developer Summit. The new Garmin Varia RTL510 rearview radar, Edge 520 Plus and Edge 130 are also on show at 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, on April 19-22, 2018.
Varia RTL510 rearview radar
Garmin has announced the Varia RTL510 rearview radar – an updated radar unit with a sleek new design and enhanced safety features. Building upon the first-generation cycling radar from Garmin, the RTL510 rearview radar features improved visibility, detection of vehicles, battery life and more to help keep cyclists safe.
When paired with a dedicated radar display unit or compatible Garmin device, including the new Edge 130 and Edge 520 Plus, cyclists will receive both visible and audible alerts warning them of vehicles approaching from behind, up to 153 yards away. During a daytime ride, the tail light can be seen up to a mile away and is visible within a 220-degree range, making it easier for drivers to see a cyclist before the radar sees the vehicle.
The new, vertical design of the Varia RTL510 rearview radar gives cyclists better leg clearance and mounts to most road-use bikes, including racing, touring and commuter styles. The Varia RTL510 rearview radar features up to 15 hours of battery life in day flash mode, and 6 hours in night flash or solid mode. It has a suggested retail price of US$199.99. A bundle option, which includes the RTL510 rearview radar and display unit, has a suggested retail price of US$299.99.
Edge 520 Plus
Garmin’s Edge 520 Plus is a GPS bike computer featuring advanced navigation, performance monitoring capabilities and connected features that’s built for use both on or off the road. Whether hitting the trails or streets, cyclists can benefit from the preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps that feature turn-by-turn directions for all terrains, and alerts to sharp curves ahead.
“The Edge 520 is one of our best-selling cycling computers, so we wanted to take something our customers know and love and improve upon it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “Therefore, some of the navigational and safety features once available only on our higher-end models – like the Garmin Cycle Map, rider-to-rider messaging, Incident Detection and more – are now integrated into the Edge 520 Plus.”
Garmin has announced the Edge 130, a compact and lightweight, yet rugged, GPS bike computer with easy-to-use navigation and unique cycling awareness features. Whether riding on singletrack, wide-open trails or busy city streets, the 1.8-inch sunlight-readable display ‘gives cyclists a crisp view of the screen while the five-button design provides greater ease of use on any terrain.’
The Varia RTL510 rearview radar, Edge 520 Plus and Edge 130 are being announced in conjunction with the 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, and can be seen at the Garmin booth (#184).
Connect IQ Developer Summit
Garmin has welcomed developers for its second Connect IQ Developer Summit at Garmin headquarters in Olathe, KS. The summit hosts developers from around the world, enabling them to network with industry leaders and learn about the latest Garmin technology and app solutions in the active lifestyle arena.
Over the course of two days (April 18-19), developers have the opportunity to meet with key Garmin leaders and industry experts alike, hear about the latest Connect IQ features, and attend breakout sessions, bringing deeper exploration with power to fully leverage the Connect IQ platform.
Garmin will also be honouring app category developers with awards. Attendees will also learn about several new Connect IQ apps being launched at the Summit, including apps from MySwimPro, Trailforks, Yelp, iHeartRadio and GUTM.
“Connect IQ is ever-expanding in growth and popularity, and we’re excited to host our developers to share firsthand the improvements and the upcoming features they can take advantage of in their apps,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “Having so much talent, creativity and innovation in attendance at this year’s Summit inspires us. We look forward to what they will create with the new platform enhancements.”
Garmin is launching Connect IQ 3.0, the latest edition of its open platform for third-party developers to create experiences for Garmin wearables, bike computers and outdoor handhelds enabled on over 30 unique Garmin product lines. Since its inception three years ago, there have been more than 54 million Connect IQ app downloads to more than 8 million compatible devices that have shipped around the world.
Among this year’s summit attendees are current Connect IQ app developers as well as representatives from companies including Strava, TrainingPeaksTM, Tile, Trek and Stryd. This year’s Summit sponsors are Nordic Semiconductor, HERE, Mastercard, GU and Skullcandy.