Santa Clara, Calif. -
has expanded its selection of portable navigation devices (PNDs) with 7-inch screens to include the RoadMate 9055-LM, the company's first large-screen PND to offer lifetime map updates.
The $299-suggested PND, which is shipping, expands
of models with wide 7-inch WVGA screens to six. All deliver what Magellan said is the same viewing area as most in-dash car navigation systems and are intended for drivers of RVs, SUVs, minivans and other large-cab vehicles. They're also intended to provide more information at once to drivers.
With lifetime map updates, which are downloaded via PC, consumers get up to four free map updates per year.
Besides lifetime map updates, the 9055-LM features Bluetooth hands-free calling and a lifetime traffic-data subscription, which alerts drivers to traffic conditions on their route, estimates travel times factoring in distance and traffic, and calculates alternative less-congested routes.
Other features include highway lane assist to guides drivers into the proper lane for upcoming lane changes and exits. A proprietary OneTouch user interface provides quick access to favorite addresses, searches and destinations. Text-to-speech technology delivers spoken street names, and a video-in jack can be used to connect an iPod, back-up camera or other video source to watch video.
The 9055-LM is preloaded with maps of the 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico and more than 6 million points of interest locations. The built-in AAA TourBook guide with Diamond ratings and information for the U.S. and Canada provides detailed information about hotels, restaurants local attractions, and a guide to merchants offering AAA member discounts. A special AAA roadside assistance feature provides the vehicle's exact location at the touch of a button. For AAA members, the PND provides the phone number for AAA roadside assistance.
The 9055-LM comes with heavy-duty extension mount to bring the PND screen up close to avoid long reaches to the dashboard. The mount features three points of articulation and 12 inches of extension. A multi-surface mounting pad sticks directly to vinyl dashboards. In smaller vehicles, the mount lets drivers bring the PND below dash level so that windshield space is not taken up.
The $299 suggested retail includes PND, extension mount and cradle, vehicle power adapter, and USB data cord.