Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless applications and business solutions announced August 14 that it has reached an agreement with Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. and a manufacturer of GPS-enabled navigation, communication and information devices, that will make the company's digital road map the preferred choice for Garmin's array of portable navigation systems. Garmin says it already uses Navtech maps to power three of its current MapSource software products -- City Navigator, City Select and MetroGuide -- and under this agreement will continue leveraging Navtech maps in future products. "Consumers recognize the value that quality map data brings to our line of portable navigation devices, so we selected Navigation Technologies to bolster the utility and customer satisfaction of these popular units," said Dr. Min Kao, co-chairman and co-CEO of Garmin Ltd. "Navtech map data is quickly becoming the de facto industry standard and, for Garmin, this shift puts our products in the driver's seat as we move forward." "Garmin's decision is a testament to the standard of excellence we maintain in our product," said Judson Green, president and CEO, Navigation Technologies. "Furthermore, this relationship pairs Navigation Technologies with the largest consumer handheld GPS device manufacturer in the industry, reinforcing our reputation as the industry leader." About Garmin International Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the company's virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397- 8200. About Navigation Technologies Navigation Technologies creates the digital maps that power navigation and location-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's 1,200 employees are in over 100 offices in 18 countries. For more information, visit