At CES, Garmin announced that their new nüvi 780 GPS unit will use the MSN Direct service. This service dynamically updates the portable navigation device (PND) with important information that drivers can see at a glance. MSN Direct, which transmits over FM airwaves, sends info like live traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, local events, news, and stock prices to the device.
Another great feature of the 780 is its ability to integrate with Windows Live Local. From your home PC, you can look up destinations, or even entire Live Maps Collections, and send them to your device by using the new "Send to GPS" option. This can be done without having to physically connect your device to your PC nor does it require the device to have an internet connection. Instead, all the updates are done over FM airwaves. Now you can plan your trip at home, then send the data to the device before you leave. Or, if you're not a good planner, you can use the hands-free microphone and speaker to call someone for help and have them send the directions to your device while you're on the road.
The MSN Direct service uses MSN's SPOT network to deliver the data. MSN Direct is free for the first three months then is $50 per year afterwards. You can also choose to pay $130 for a lifetime subscription instead. You can try this device yourself next time you are renting a car at Avis Rent A Car. Avis Where2, based on the nüvi 780, will soon be available for rent with any Avis vehicle or just (Via Inside Microsoft)