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.
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 traffic conditions.
Another custom Commuter feature, called Periodic Reporting, provides detailed information to track mileage for expense reports and tax purposes. This allows a user to track their mileage and use this information for business expense reports and year-end tax filing, all with a touch of a button. It also focuses on flow reporting that detects traffic congestion and not just reported accidents.
All models, whose touchscreen sizes range from 4.3 inches to 5 inches, feature spoken street name, 6 million points of interest, QuickSpell technology for error-free address entry, multi-destination routing, and OneTouch personalization feature 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 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 models include four 4.3-inch models in the RoadMate 2000 series. The RoadMate 2035 features maps of the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico. The RoadMate 2036 adds Canadian map coverage, built-in AAA Tourbook, and Roadside Assistance and Highway Lane Assist. The Roadmate 2045 adds a 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 model adds the Traffic Wake-up and Periodic Reporting features.
Finally, the RoadMate 5045 adds a 5-inch screen to the 3045's feature set.
All are available at retail stores and Magellan's Web site.