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Airport vehicles get moving map

Airport vehicle operators will be less likely to drive onto an active runway in adverse weather conditions with a new alert system built by Garmin and I.D. Systems. The idea is to help reduce runway incursions caused by vehicles.

The product, SafeNav, provides an on-vehicle moving map of the vehicle’s location on the airport. SafeNav incorporates built-in maps of more than 950 U.S. airports, based on the reference airport diagrams used by aircraft equipped with Garmin’s SafeTaxi system. An audible alarm alerts vehicle operators to potential runway incursions.

“SafeNav will not only assist experienced vehicle operators at night and during periods of low-visibility, it will serve as an important safety tool for new or transient vehicle operators who are unfamiliar with the airport’s taxiways and runways,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing.

Alton Marsh
Alton K. Marsh
Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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