Garmin Catalyst is an industry-first virtual racing coach and driving performance optimizer1 that’s changing the world of motorsports. It mounts in
the cockpit to gather your performance data and provide real-time audible coaching. Immediate session analysis helps drivers of all levels achieve
their full track driving potential. Ground breaking True Track Positioning™ technology uses built-in accelerometer, 10 Hz multi-GNSS positioning and
image processing to automatically generate your car’s racing line on the track. Plus, our revolutionary True Optimal Lap™ technology shows your
best achievable time, based on lines you actually drove and can repeat. While on the track, hear real-time coaching cues through a compatible
headset2 or car stereo. After your session, use the touchscreen display to immediately review your performance data and see your major areas for
Like standard GPS units, the Catalyst mounts on the windshield and provides detailed maps for the driver. However, because this is for racing around tracks, instead of providing driving directions, the Catalyst is said to provide motorsports coaching with voice instructions and detailed analysis of the driver’s performance.
Adam Spence, Garmin product manager explains, “[The Catalyst] gathers several data metrics and identifies where laps can be seamlessly joined together to create the fastest racing line. This shows users their fastest achievable time based on lines actually driven and gives them an optimal lap they can truly achieve.”
The GPS unit uses a series of sensors and components to generate the car’s racing line on the track. The included camera captures 1080p video, which can be played back on the unit with the track data overlaid showing speed, lap data and more.
When driving, the Catalyst is said to be able to provide adaptive instruction to the driver based on past driving laps, instructing the driver on when to turn in, apex and exit turns, along with braking data when needed. This information can playback through compatible headsets or the vehicle’s Bluetooth stereo.
Data and track information can be viewed on the device itself or exported to a mobile device or computer.
The system is the latest product from Garmin, which is trying to bring its GPS know-how to niche markets. Previously, the company unveiled a similar unit for overland vehicles. Based on pictures, the Overlander and the Catalyst seem to use the same mounting hardware and have a similar design, albeit the Overlander appears more rugged.
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