PRESS RELEASE: London, 1st October 2007
ViaMichelin announces the launch of its “New Edition” navigation range
Devices feature navigation software upgrade and enhanced ViaMichelin Advantage service offering
ViaMichelin today announces the launch of its New Edition ViaMichelin Navigation range featuring powerful new navigation software designed to improve the user experience across its entire GPS portfolio. The new ViaMichelin V.7 software offers numerous enhancements to deliver more intuitive and user-friendly devices and improved performance across four key areas: navigation assistance, driving safety, comfort and driving pleasure.
Offering an improved navigation menu with direct access to key functions and exclusive Michelin Guide content, the New Edition models also include the addition of key information indicators covering battery level, speed and estimated travel times. The New Edition range also benefits from revised graphics and easy access buttons to locate the nearest petrol stations and car parks. The ever popular Point of Interest (POI) function has also been upgraded to enable the location of POIs in three easy steps; category (e.g. Green Guide); location (e.g. GPS position, town/city etc); and sub-category (e.g. museum, restaurant etc).
The new V.7 software also features a number of additional safety-related functions and information. As well as existing safety services (traffic information, safety camera alerts, exceeded speed limit alerts, etc), the new ViaMichelin software offers:
• Dangerous Bend Alert: Signalling an approaching dangerous bend or bends. The new mode will take into account both vehicle speed and the tightness of bends.
• School Alert: Audio warnings to signal approaching school zones: activated only during school hours.
• Roadworks Alert: Warning motorists of approaching damaged or unmade roads or an area undergoing resurfacing work.
• Authorised overtaking area alerts: Signalling legally permitted overtaking zones.
• Tiredness Alert: A warning signal to remind motorists to take a break every two hours.
• Tunnel Mode: Providing automatic adjustments to the brightness of the screen and route simulation in the absence of GPS reception.
Users have the choice of two alert options (voice command or beep) as well as a visual alert appearing on the right side of the screen. Customers also have the option to deactivate alerts if required.
ViaMichelin has reinforced its focus on developing and delivering practical, real-time content and information designed to significantly enhance the practicality of its devices whilst contributing to improving user comfort when travelling. This includes:
• Free 5-day weather forecasts (updated twice a day)
• Road toll locations and information
• Free safety camera updates
• Direct access to all favourite routes and addresses saved in a user’s "My ViaMichelin" account on www.ViaMichelin.co.uk
In addition, a free, real-time traffic information service, available in RDS-TMC format and developed by ViaMichelin to inform motorists of current traffic conditions and alternative routes, is now available for ViaMichelin Navigation X970-T and X-980T devices.
The New Edition ViaMichelin Navigation range also features exclusive digital content from the Michelin Green and Red Guides. This includes the addition of over 9,000 tourist photos (rising to 30,000 by 2008) available to download from the ViaMichelin website and covering five countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom).
Underlining its emphasis on providing unrivalled content and POI information, ViaMichelin now offers free downloads of almost 100 suggested European sightseeing routes (e.g. The Black Forest Ridges, Rhine Valley, The Spanish Basque Coast, Loch Ness, The Algarve, etc) drawn exclusively from the Green Guide database. As well as concise editorial descriptions of each location, each download also details the total mileage and estimated excursion time for each journey, as well as the option to request pedestrian or car mode.
ViaMichelin customers can also now benefit from a series of free event and discovery pack downloads released to coincide with seasonal events, the first of which focuses on this Summer’s Rugby World Cup tournament and features a broad range of POI information including stadia information.
In addition, the latest new feature to increase driving pleasure will be the integration of an MP3 player to listen to music. Quickly accessed via the main menu or during navigation, the player offers fluid interaction between navigation and music.
ViaMichelin Advantage programme
Membership to the ViaMichelin Advantage programme is free of charge and provides customers with access to numerous made-to-measure services designed to complement the ViaMichelin Navigation range. The programme centres on 3 key benefits:
• Up-to-date maps: the guarantee of updated maps for up to 90 days from the original date of purchase, content updates for a period of up to 2 years and exclusive, special offers on European maps.
• A wealth of certified additional content: a guarantee of the latest Michelin Guide editions, free fixed safety camera updates, 100 suggested European tourist routes, a broad range of real-time information (weather forecasts, etc) and a list of thematic POIs.
Increased convergence opportunities with www.viamichelin.co.uk: Enhancements to the My ViaMichelin service means that customers are now able to synchronise devices to directly receive favourite routes and addresses stored in their personal My ViaMichelin account. As well as removing the need to re-input addresses, My ViaMichelin enables customers to share content with family and friends and GPRS connectivity enables customers to synchronise their navigation device with their My ViaMichelin area even en-route.
New Edition devices are available across the entire ViaMichelin GPS range:
ViaMichelin Navigation X-960: Powerful navigation to suit your pocket
Recommended Retail Price: ViaMichelin Navigation X-960 UK: £119 inc. VAT
Recommended Retail Price: ViaMichelin Navigation X-960 Europe: £139 inc. VAT
ViaMichelin Navigation X-970T: super smart navigation
Recommended Retail Price: ViaMichelin Navigation X-970T UK: £139 inc. VAT
Recommended Retail Price: ViaMichelin Navigation X-970T Europe: £169 inc. VAT
ViaMichelin Navigation X-980T: more than just navigation
Recommended Retail Price: ViaMichelin Navigation X-980T Europe: £239 inc. VAT
Since entering the GPS market two years ago, ViaMichelin’s multi-service approach has redefined the way in which its navigation devices are used. This strategy was designed to go beyond the simple concept of “getting from A to B” by offering a range of innovative and exclusive services associated with mobility. Through its product range, ViaMichelin has positioned itself as a constant road travel companion, combining navigation assistance, tourist guide information, safety tips and website convergence.