Google, Garmin link up for GPS trip info

GPS maker Garmin is launching a new feature that lets people send online mapping data from Google Maps and Mapquest to their GPS devices.

The link between online mapping services and global positioning devices is growing stronger.

Starting Tuesday, people using Google Maps to plan trips will be able to send location data to their Garmin GPS systems, the companies announced on Monday. The feature, called "Send-to-Garmin", will eliminate the need to re-key route information into GPS devices.

Garmin's Nuvi 5000 mobile GPS. Garmin

Likewise, Garmin has inked a deal with Mapquest to send mapping information from that online service to Garmin's GPS products. The service is expected to launch in April. Mapquest already lets people send mapping information to mobile phones.

Roughly one year ago, Garmin and Mapquest intended to encourage developers to write applications linking GPS systems to online services.

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