Sony and TomTom Create New Navigation System

Sony and TomTom have created a new set of satnav systems that combine the expertise of each company to create an all-round “potentially” good navigation and audio system for cars.

The new models are the XNV-770BT and the XNV-660BT. The 770BT model has a 7 inch screen a dnt eh 660BT has a 6.1 inch screen.

The AV side of the system is controlled by Sony and is capable of creating a virtual 5.1 setup. Each unit has a capacitive touchscreen.

When switching over to satellite navigation, you then switch in to TomTom mode where all the controls and screen graphics use the familiar interface that works well. TomTom say that the mapping details are comprehensive in the US and contain 1 million more miles of roads when compared to other brands.

Features included are as follows…

* IQ Routes evaluates all route options based on actual traffic speeds rather than posted speed limits, and will recommend the fastest route for the time of day.
* Advanced Lane Guidance provides enhanced lane graphics that show which lane to take in complex multi-lane situations.
* Quick GPSfix automatically updates satellite locations to get the driver on their way faster.
* MapShare from TomTom and its enormous navigation community enables drivers to correct their maps and benefit from changes made by other drivers via your computer and the free software TomTom HOME.
* More than 6 million points of interest including gas stations, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and more.

As for pricing, each unit will cost $1,000 and $1,300 for the smaller/larger version respectively. Launch dates of the new satnavs is expected to be in November this year.

Via: Coolest Gadgets

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