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GPS Lawrence Fenwick

MANUFACTURERS EMPHASIZE NEW FEATURES RATHER THAN BARGAINS Today’s features of the Mio GPS include LED display custom voice files, integrated randomized greetings and 300 custom names that welcome the driver to its navigation experience as soon as the engine is started.

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Jan - Feb 2009

“Who are you going to trust more than Mio GPS and K.I.T.T. to get you out of trouble when you’re lost in L.A. traffic?”

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ost manufacturers of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) units for cars are emphasizing new features or added product lines for ships or cell phones in early 2009. For example, Mio Technology has introduced “the world’s first NAVI-tainment portable navigation unit. This system uses the Knight Industries Two Thousand technology which was originally featured in the famous 1980’s TV series “Knight Rider”. For those that may not recall this television epic, K.I.T.T. was the voice of the souped up black Trans AM that helped navigate the lead character, Michael Knight (played by David Hasselhoff) out of any trouble. Jeremy Laws, Senior V-P of mobile and broadband of Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group states, “Who are you going to trust more than Mio GPS and K.I.T.T. to get you out of trouble when you’re lost in L.A. traffic?” Today’s features of the Mio GPS include LED display custom voice files, integrated randomized greetings and 300 custom names that welcome the driver to its navigation experience as soon as the engine is started. The voice synthesizer displays moves in sync with the voice. The Mio Technology Knight Rider GPS unit can also be programmed to advise when one is driving over the speed limit. The Knight Rider offers the choices of normal, auto and pursuit cruising. The latter would be ideal for police cruisers, although their press release does not advocate this feature. Other benefits the Mio GPS unit provides include the fastest or shortest routes and highway preference options. A fast signal locks via a SiRF InstantFix 111 receiver to allow drivers to navigate their course quickly and efficiently. In the USA it retails for approximately $269.95. The Mio GPS unit is

also available in Canada in select stores. For retail locations and pricing details please visit: www.knightridergps.com. Magellan Navigation Inc., another popular GPS firm, promotes its Maestro™ 4350 model. It is the industry’s first vehicle navigation device with an easy “OneTouch” user interface. With the Maestro 4350, one can enter their favorite destinations and searches with one simple click. Location details of preferred stores, banks, restaurants, etc., can also be easily programmed for easy referral in the future. The OneTouch screen features a main display where searching for points of interest can be easily read. For Canadian retail locations and pricing details please visit: www.magellangps.com. Alpine Electronics of America Inc., features its own PND-K3, a 4.3 inch Touch-Screen Portable GPS Navigation with Built-In Bluetooth system. (PND is the acronym for Portable Navigation Device). The PND is completely redesigned into a slim package and new user interface. The hands-free Bluetooth technology is combined with OnPoint Advanced GPS Positioning. (For more product features please visit www.alpine-usa.com.) This system, unlike its more sophisticated counterpart the Blackbird PMD-B200, Portable Navigation System that retails for $750.00 US, has recently been dramatically reduced from its original list price of $549.99 US. It now retails for only $349.95 US. However, other on-line retailers like Sonic Electronix.com (www.sonicelectronix.com) offer the PND-K3 at an additional savings, for only $279.99 US plus S&H fees. This type of dramatic price reduction can be attributed to the worrisome economic times and the looming recession in the USA, where retailers

The Driver Magazine January 2009  

The Driver Magazine features automotive based articles that cover reviews, news, lifestyle, education and trends.

The Driver Magazine January 2009  

The Driver Magazine features automotive based articles that cover reviews, news, lifestyle, education and trends.

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