Navman today announced a new GPS system, the iCN 550. It's DriveAway ready with complete U.S. and Canadian map data loaded on its internal 4GB HDD and requires no additional software. The device has a 3.5-inch 320 x 240 pixels QVGA touchscreen and has an integrated flip-up GPS antenna.
Unlike competitive navigation systems that require users to dig deep into
software menus to access vital information, the iCN 550 features a new
intuitive button layout that puts information at the driver's fingertips.
Located in the top left-hand corner of the device, dedicated Points-of-
Interest (POI) buttons provide instant access to the location of nearby gas
stations or parking lots -- saving time and eliminating hassle; a scroll wheel
volume control is located on the right side of unit for quick adjustments to
the devices ultra-powerful/crystal clear integrated speaker; and +/- map zoom
keys are located in the device's upper right-hand corner.
Powered by SmartST(TM) 2005, the iCN 550 provides users with a wealth of
new convenience and performance features for effective navigation, while
eliminating the complexities of competitive systems. Exciting features of the
new device include an improved address entry system that facilitates quick and
accurate town, zip code, street, intersection and house number searches; a
journey planning utility that allows users to program up to 12 stops while en
route to their destination; enhanced routing algorithms that ensure users are
traveling on the most intuitive course; an extensive POI database with nearest
POI search; MyPOI(TM) functionality for downloading and importing third-party
POI databases; and clear turn-by-turn voice instructions for reliable route
guidance. User-selectable navigation screens include 3D map view, 2D map view,
quick next-maneuver icon view with 2D mini-map, a text-based instruction list
that displays the next four maneuvers, and new detailed junction maps that
help drivers make visible associations with their actual surroundings.
The Navman iCN 550 is available in the U.S. for $699.95.