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The widescreen nüvi 860 combines true voice control with premium navigation. This intelligent sat-nav is th... See full description.
  • Car Radio Navigation System (1 Din)
  • 4.0GB Storage

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The widescreen nüvi 860 combines true voice control with premium navigation. This intelligent sat-nav is the first with full menu voice activation, which means there’s no need to touch the screen. Even more, it responds to practical shortcuts like ‘go home’. With preloaded European street maps, safety camera alerts, lifetime traffic avoidance and handsfree telephone calls, nüvi 860 is designed to make driving safer and easier. Enhanced features such as photo navigation and park position recall, route planning tools, built-in games and an MP3 player bring superior navigation and yet a simple user experience.

Safer handsfree operation

The nüvi 860 provides truly ‘touch-free’ operation. With an innovative ‘push-to-talk’ steering wheel remote, it can be safely operated through spoken word alone. Simply click the remote control and speak the menu option to go straight to the map screen. You won’t even have to remember a set of commands – Garmin understands everyday speech and shortcut phrases for points of interest commands like ‘find nearest cash point’, popular functions such as ‘play MP3’ and to search for addresses – all handsfree from start to finish.

Touch-free phone calls

With built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, microphone and speaker, nüvi 860 is set up for truly handsfree mobile phone calls. Sync up your compatible Bluetooth phone and manage your calls through the sat-nav. By keeping both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, you can give the drive your full attention and avoid breaking the law. Find and dial phone numbers in your mobile address book or nuvi’s points of interest database on command. nüvi also has an integral FM transmitter, which broadcasts your phone calls, turn-by-turn directions, street names, MP3s and audio books through your car stereo for a safer drive in total control.

Traffic avoidance

Just tap the screen for dependable delay information from nüvi 860’s built-in lifetime traffic alerts. A traffic receiver tracks any jams, accidents and roadworks on your route in real-time for journey planning and traffic avoidance. Garmin traffic alerts use data from 8000 traffic flow cameras and sensors located every two miles along major routes in England, Wales and Scotland for an accurate picture of the road situation. Data from the Highways Agency, police traffic control centres and other reliable sources verifies this information for traffic news as it happens.

Enhanced navigation

The nüvi 860 is packed with enhanced navigation tools. Park position recall makes sure you never lose your car, automatically marking the place you take the sat-nav off the windscreen as a point on the map. When you want to return to the car, just ask Garmin to find your ‘Last Position’ and it guides you back there on foot.

Redefine sightseeing with photo navigation. Plan trips to landmarks and attractions simply and easily before you set off. Just choose and save location-tagged photographs from millions of Google Panoramio pictures in a wish-list of places to visit. Then, at your leisure, select a photo destination for turn-by-turn directions to the scene.

nüvi 860’s route-planning features help you make sense of a longer or more complicated journey. You can save up to 10 routes, specify via points and preview simulated turns. Garmin automatically sorts multiple destinations into the most efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls. Wherever you go, Garmin builds up a Track Log of up to 10,000 points, which can be downloaded and viewed through Google Earth.

Simple and safety-minded

nüvi 860’s built-in Cyclops safety camera database contains details on hundreds of fixed, mobile and temporary safety cameras, variable limit and red light speed cameras across Europe. When you approach a camera, it sounds an alert and shows an overspeed warning and the speed limit to help you travel responsibly.

If a trip doesn’t go to plan, just tap the car icon or say “Where Am I?” and the nüvi 860 gives you details of your precise location – with coordinates – and the nearest address and junction. Access the number of your local vehicle recovery service and find the local hospital, police or petrol station.

With preloaded City Navigator® NT European street maps and up to millions of points of interest, nüvi 860 helps you navigate in 33 countries across the continent. Simply touch the colour screen or activate speech recognition and speak your commands for turn-by-turn spoken directions to your destination. It even announces the names of exits and streets so you never need to take your eyes off the road.

The Garmin Lock™, anti-theft protection system uses GPS to lock the unit to a secure location of your choice.


Personalise nüvi 860 with your choice of background photograph and a new vehicle icon from the Garmin Garage. Garmin also accepts custom points of interest, such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs.

Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD cards such as Garmin Travel Guides and Language Guides and tailored content from independent providers including Road Tour and The Good Pub Guide.

Built-in entertainment and travel tools include an MP3 player, audio book player (subscription to required), currency converter, Garmin Games to pass the time between drives, an alarm clock and more.

product specification
Type of satellite navigation Car Radio Navigation System (1 Din)
Hard disk capacity 4.0GB Storage
Map storage medium On board Flash Memory
Monitor type Fixed Monitor
Connections Bluetooth
Connections FM transmitter
Connections Reality view
Connections Integrated telephone
Connections Full voice control
Screen size 4.3"
Touchscreen Yes
Map Coverage Covers Europe
FM tuner FM Radio
Monitor format 16:9
Playback formats MP3 playback
Release date 17 Jun 2008