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We have recently given customers the ability to store “canned messages” on their drivers’ Garmin in the vehicle.

This allows them to choose from a list of commonly sent messages, rather than have to type each one out on the mini-keyboard on each Garmin.

Here’s how you do it:

Open the Garmin page:

Open the Garmin interface

Open the Garmin interface

Choose the Canned Messages tab and then create new messages, assign them to message groups, and assign those message groups to vehicles:

GPS Insight Garmin Canned Messages Interface

GPS Insight Garmin Canned Messages Interface

Create a message:

Create a Canned Message

Create a Canned Message

Assign it to a group of messages:

Assign Garmin canned messages to groups

Assign Garmin canned messages to groups

Then assign them to vehicles:

Assign message groups to vehicles

Assign message groups to vehicles

Then press “Sync Now” and your messages will be “pushed” to the appropriate vehicle’s Garmin.

To send one from your Garmin to dispatch,  follow these steps:

Push Dispatch

Push Dispatch

Push Messages

Push Messages

Push "Quick Message"

Push "Quick Message"

Then up comes a list of “your” quick (canned) messages.  Scroll through to select the one you want:

Choose a Canned Message

Choose a Canned Message

The Garmin will then prompt you if you want to send OR EDIT the canned message, so you can make small changes, such as add an amount, change a time, etc.

This definitely beats using the small on-screen keyboard to send free-form/ad-hoc messages:

Edit a canned message

Edit a canned message

Keyboard interface for editing a canned message

Keyboard interface for editing a canned message

And here’s the message, in “red” to indicate it’s new and un-read.  Once you click on it, it turns back to white:

Canned Message in the Garmin dashlet

Canned Message in the Garmin dashlet

This will help our customers enable their drivers to communicate more effectively, and help avoid the potential for distracted texting on their Garmin.

Rob.