Magellan Shipping Wi-Fi GPS

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Santa Clara, Calif. - Magellan said its first GPS with Wi-Fi is now shipping for $299.

The company also announced a new backup camera meant for use with its RoadMate nav units.

The RoadMate 5175T-LM GPS features a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen that can display in landscape or portrait mode by rotating the device. The built-in Internet browser enables destination or point-of-interest (POI) searching, and software updates can be downloaded when in Wi-Fi hot spots.

The included TourDirector app provides location information and average travel time. Other features include lifetime maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico; more than 6 million POIs; built-in AAA TourBook content; subscription-free lifetime traffic alerts, highway lane assist and spoken street names; and the OneTouch menu for favorite places and searches. 

The second new device from Magellan, a wireless backup camera ($149 suggested retail), is designed to attach to a vehicle's rear license plate and transmit images to the 7-inch screen of a RoadMate 1700 or RoadMate 9055 GPS device. When the vehicle is put into reverse, the GPS navigator will switch from map to rear-view mode, enabling drivers to view what is below the rear window, the company said. 

It's reportedly dustproof and waterproof to IP67 standard. Features include a wide-angle viewing lens that provides a 120-degree viewing area behind the vehicle, a water-resistant transmitter, a 45-foot range and a 45-degree camera vertical adjustment.

The kit comes with the camera and transmitter, along with a wireless receiver, vehicle power adapter, installation hardware and instructions. It will sell through car specialty shops and, Magellan said.


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