Magellan Adds Free Lifetime Traffic To All New PNDs
By Joseph Palenchar On Jun 7 2010 - 3:01am
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Magellan is out to one-up the competition
in a challenging navigation market by offering free lifetime
traffic updates in all nine of the new portable navigation devices
(PNDs) that it rolled out at expected retails of $169 to $299.
All are available.
The flagship model is touted as the industry’s only model
that wakes itself up at specific times of the day to load traffic
updates into memory. With the Traffic Wake-up feature, the
RoadMate 3065 Commuter wake itself up twice a day 30 minutes
before a driver’s regular commute begins, enabling the
PND to calculate an optimum route to or from work based on
It also adds flow reporting that detects traffic congestion
and not just reported accidents.
Another Commuter feature, called Periodic Reporting, provides
detailed information to track mileage for expense reports
and tax purposes. This allows users to track their mileage
and use the information for business expense reports and
year-end tax filing.
All models, whose touchscreen sizes range from 4.3 inches
to 5 inches, feature spoken street name, 6 million points of
interest, multi-destination routing, and ability to save favorite
places, categories and searches.
Each RoadMate also comes with such parking features as
automatic parking lot finder, which identifies local parking lots
by a destination. The PND’s find-your-car feature records the
location of your parked car and directs you to it when you carry
the PND with you.
Most models also include highway-lane assist and the Magellan-
exclusive AAA Tourbook, which includes restaurant
and hotel information.
Select models are also available with free future map upgrades.
The RoadMate 3045-LM, for example, comes with a lifetime
upgrade option that lets users upgrade maps four times a
year for the life of the product at no additional charge.
The new selection includes four 4.3-inch models in the
RoadMate 2000 series. The RoadMate 2035 features maps of
the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico. The Road-
Mate 2036 adds Canadian map coverage, built-in AAA Tourbook,
and Roadside Assistance and Highway Lane Assist.
The Roadmate 2045 adds MicroSD slot.
The new RoadMate 3000 series features four 4.7-inch models.
The RoadMate 3045 has maps of the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico. The RoadMate 3045-LM adds free lifetime maps.
The RoadMate 3055 adds to the 3045’s features with Bluetooth
and voice dialing. The flagship RoadMate 3065 Commuter adds
the Traffic Wake-up and Periodic Reporting features.
Finally, the RoadMate 5045 adds a 5-inch screen to the 3045’s