May 06, 2014

Lowrance Announces Availability Of Easy Routing And Autorouting With HDS Products

New software upgrade brings Easy Routing And Autorouting to HDS Gen2 Touch and HDS Gen2.

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957— announced today enhanced navigational functionality for its HDS Gen2 and HDS Gen2 Touch range. This functionality provides Easy Routing from C-MAP™ by Jeppesen and Autorouting from Navionics®, and is available thanks to a free software upgrade.

Users can now easily and automatically create the shortest, safe route based on selected start and end points to quickly and painlessly plan a route.

Using calculations based upon vessel settings and available chart data, routes are shown overlaid on the chart, highlighting the safest route and pointing out potentially dangerous, or potentially unsafe options, to ensure that boaters get to their destinations as safely as possible.

The software update also adds Dynamic Tides and Currents for Jeppesen C-MAP Max-N+ users, providing a graphical representation of current conditions when the chart is zoomed beyond the 1NM scale. Standard, current icons have been replaced by colour-coded arrows indicating the direction and speed of the current; selecting an arrow will open the modified currents page for expanded Ebb and Flood information.

Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico said: “We are continuously improving our products to enhance our customers’ enjoyment and safety on the water.
“This software upgrade adds features to the Lowrance HDS Gen2 range that have been requested by our valued customers, and delivers menu enhancements that simply make HDS Gen2 easier to use. It is another example of our continued commitment to deliver and support the industry’s top-performing technologies.

Boaters can get these new features by installing the latest 3.0 software update to any Lowrance HDS Gen2 or HDS Gen2 Touch unit. This software is available as a free online download and also includes improvements to charting and navigational features, as well as the routing functionality for Jeppesen C-MAP MAX-N+ cartography and Navionics Platinum, Nav+ and Nav Update Cards.

To get HDS route planning, or for more information on the Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch or Gen2 series and the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics, please visit

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About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.