Garmin at the moment is saying a $999 GPS unit designed particularly for motorsports. Referred to as the Garmin Catalyst, the unit goals to be a motorsports coach of types, serving to drivers enhance lap instances, and extra. It’s the most recent instance of Garmin testing totally different markets now that GPS models are constructed into most autos.
Like customary GPS models, the Catalyst mounts on the windshield and gives detailed maps for the driving force. Nonetheless, as a result of that is for racing round tracks, as an alternative of offering driving instructions, the Catalyst is claimed to supply motorsports teaching with voice directions and detailed evaluation of the driving force’s efficiency.
Adam Spence, Garmin product supervisor explains, “[The Catalyst] gathers a number of knowledge metrics and identifies the place laps may be seamlessly joined collectively to create the quickest racing line. This exhibits customers their quickest achievable time primarily based on traces truly pushed and provides them an optimum lap they will really obtain.”
The GPS unit makes use of a collection of sensors and elements to generate the automotive’s racing line on the monitor. The included digital camera captures 1080p video, which may be performed again on the unit with the monitor knowledge overlaid displaying pace, lap knowledge and extra.
When driving, the Catalyst is claimed to have the ability to present adaptive instruction to the driving force primarily based on previous driving laps, instructing the driving force on when to show in, apex and exit turns, together with braking knowledge when wanted. This info can playback by means of appropriate headsets or the automobile’s Bluetooth stereo.
Information and monitor info may be seen on the system itself or exported to a cell system or laptop.
The system is the most recent product from Garmin, which is attempting to deliver its GPS know-how to area of interest markets. Beforehand, the corporate unveiled an identical unit for overland autos. Based mostly on footage, the Overlander and the Catalyst appear to make use of the identical mounting hardware and have an identical design, albeit the Overlander seems extra rugged.