Navman announces iCN 550
its pan-European and traffic-enabled navigation device
London, 12th September 2005 - Navman announces today the launch of the iCN 550, a new high-end portable navigation device. The iCN 550 integrates a hard disk drive with pan-European maps, dedicated fuel and parking buttons into a sleek, portable casing. The iCN 550 offering also includes an optional traffic module. Fitting into a pocket, iCN 550 is a truly portable navigation device, easily transferable from car-to-car.
European roads at your fingertips
The iCN 550 integrates a 4GB hard disc drive, storing 16 European countries’ street-level maps, with data from TeleAtlas. Users can plan a route across countries with no barriers or extra steps. Maps include more than 1 million points of interest (POI) to make your travel easier, whether you’re looking for a nearby post office or travelling from Marseille to London or Paris to Berlin.
Traffic Module – TM 550
The additional TM 550 Traffic Module makes the iCN 550 the ultimate tool for all travels. With the TM 550 attached, the iCN 550 displays live traffic data as icons on the map and in a list of incidents. Users can easily plan their trip, view incidents and re-route to avoid problems. Traffic data is transmitted via FM radio to the TM 550, a small receiver that clips neatly in the back of the iCN550 cradle. The TM 550 is “plug-and-play,” and includes a lifetime traffic data subscription, with no additional equipment or hidden costs.
Prash Vadgama, president, global sales and marketing, says, “Real time traffic updates bring a new dimension to portable navigation. This is not only about knowing how to go from A to B, but knowing what might be in the way. This is a great additional value for navigation users and opens a whole new market: driving commuters. This kind of customer knows the way to their destination, but they definitely want to know about traffic slowdowns and how to re-route accordingly”.
In the United Kingdom, Navman is using the iTMC service from ITIS to provide accurate, real-time traffic information. ITIS generates quality traffic information by combining journalistic traffic data with its own data collected from thousands of probe vehicles travelling the road networks. The Navman iCN 550 launch represents the first time that ITIS data has been offered on a transferable device on an “all-in” basis, with no complex setup or extra costs. UK customers can also access traffic data in France and Germany, the other supported TM 550 countries, for no additional cost.
Fuel and Parking buttons
Featuring two dedicated hardware buttons labelled with clear icons, the iCN 550 is the only navigation system that allows you to find nearby fuel stations or parking areas with just ONE button press. This will save you time, hassle and worries. Whether near your home or office, or travelling in another country where street signs are in a different language, you can avoid running out of fuel, or quickly find the nearest parking area.
Remote control included
The iCN 550 comes with a wireless, infrared remote control for enhanced ease of use. It offers you clear touch-screen options, real buttons on the device AND a handy remote control.
Superior software for an easy journey
Navman Navigation software provides intuitive menus and advanced functionality. New advanced map imagery gives you a better impression of your surroundings on screen and a choice of 3D topographical style maps, full-screen 2D maps, 2D mini-maps, or an instruction list to allow you to customise your view of the journey.
You are offered a wide range of options making it easier and faster to find your destination: a specific address, your home, a previously saved favourite, a recent destination, or the nearest point of interest (POI). And if you don’t have the exact address of your destination you can search by area, postal code, or street.
SmartST 2005 Release 2 for the iCN 550 includes improvements to make navigating easier. Key improvements include:
- Home as a destination type. SmartST 2005 makes it easy to designate a location as Home, so you can navigate to your most likely destination with just one or two taps of the screen.
- “Go To” for finding a destination. The “Go To” option combines several destination options behind a single menu choice, making it simpler to specify where you want to be taken.
- A mini-map to confirm your destination. SmartST lets you pan and zoom to specify a destination directly on the map, and SmartST 2005 incorporates mini-maps – “live” maps that you can interact with to confirm your choice of destination.
- Traffic support. SmartST 2005 Release 2 for the iCN 550 is the first software for a Navman device with built-in traffic support, available when paired with the TM 550.
The Navman iCN 550 will be available from leading retailers and e-tailers from early October 2005 at £599, or at £699 bundled with the TM550 Traffic Module. The TM550 Traffic Module is also available separately in United Kingdom for £149. It comes with a windshield mounting bracket and a 12V DC power adapter that connects to the vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket. Remote control, carry case, USB cable and mains power adaptor are also included.