Al CES vengono presentati molti accessori con Android a bordo, come forni, altoparlanti e così via. Ora è il momento del primo navigatore satellitare creato da Magellan, con integrato per l’appunto Android. Magellan è famoso nel campo dei navigatori satellitari, e ha voluto sfruttare l’evento del CES per buttarsi nel mondo del robottino verde con il suo primo navigatore denominato RoadMate 5430T-LM.
Il navigatore si presenta con un display da 5″ ed è stand-alone, quindi non riusciamo a capire se sarà collegato o meno a servizi come il Play Store per esempio. Non ci resta che aspettare fino alla sua disponibilità che dovrebbe essere una data intorno al Q1 e il suo prezzo sarà di circa 179.99$.
Di seguito il comunicato stampa di Magellan:
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Magellan® Announces New RoadMate Automotive PND Product Line Featuring EasyTouch Screens and Android OS at CES 2014
Economically Priced, and Featuring Magellan’s Most Advanced Navigation Software, New Models Bring Power of Smartphone Quality Screens to More Consumers
SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 6, 2014) – Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, announced it will introduce a new line of RoadMate Personal Navigation Device (PND) units featuring EasyTouch touch screens and an underlying Android OS for a more powerful navigation experience, at 2014 International CES. Responsive, empowering, and intuitive, the affordably priced units bring all the benefits of high-end smartphone touch screens to more consumers than ever before. The initial introduction features the 5″ 5430T-LM with traffic and lifetime maps. The products will be on display in the Magellan CES meeting room, MP25740, located in South Hall 2.
“These new models will have the advantage of the Android’s operating systems superior handling of navigation data and Magellan’s record of proven safety and performance,” commented Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management at Magellan. “Also, commonly found on smartphones and tablets, capacitive touch screens on PND units were previously offered only in the highest price ranges, but the Magellan RoadMate line now offers it at an affordable price.”
With their Android driven touch screens, the new RoadMate PND units with EasyTouch screens are more user responsive. The screens react to even the softest of finger touches, giving the user a more enjoyable experience and the security knowing they are buying a product that is easy to use. Users will be touch communicating with Magellan’s most advanced navigation user interface to date, introduced in 2013 on premium SmartGPS units.
The new RoadMate provides a superior navigation experience by integrating the Android OS, EasyTouch screen and features that get drivers where they want to go safely and as quickly as possible. It comes equipped with many premium features such as landmark guidance, PhantomALERT, junction view, and free lifetime traffic alerts and map updates. Users know they are traveling with the information necessary to make critical on-point driving decisions.
Magellan’s RoadMate 5430T-LM will be available at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as online at www.magellangps.com in Q1. It has an MSRP of $179.99.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan (www.magellangps.com) brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness and mobile. Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers.