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Magellan To Merge PNDs, Dash Cams At CES

Magellan will bring dash-cam functionality to more portable navigation devices (PNDs) with the CES launch of three RoadMate DashCam Navigators.

The company introduced its first DashCam Navigator in early 2014 as part of an effort to diversify its car electronics selection in a declining PND market. As part of that effort, the company is also expanding its selection of standalone dash cams, many with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) functions.

One of the three new DashCam Navigator models is the company’s first product to combine PND, dash cam, and ADAS functions into one device. That device is the $229-suggested RoadMate 7670T-LM, which features 7-inch capacitive-touch display, preloaded North America maps, dual retractable 1080p cameras with 170-degree wide-angle lenses, lane-departure warning system, collision detection, and support for three wired cameras mounted elsewhere in the vehicle.

With the three wired cameras, the DashCam Navigator displays a 360-degree view that can be stored in memory and used to warn drivers if a vehicle is in a blind spot when they change lanes.

The extra cameras are mounted via suction cup to the inside of the rear window and to the inside of the left and right rear-side windows close to the door pillar so the wires won’t interfere with the opening of the rear doors. Pricing on the extra cameras was unavailable.

Up to four video feeds at a time can be recorded from a choice of five cameras.

The 7670T-LM also comes with steering-wheel-mounted remote to start/stop recording, switch among cameras, and take photos. A rotatable magnetic mount lets users orient the screen to suit their preference.

The 7670T-LM also features parking mode, which activates the cameras and records and saves video when it detects an impact when the driver is away. A headlight reminder alerts drivers to turn on the headlights before driving at night.

All three new DashCam Navigators will be available in the second quarter in U.S. and Canadian retailers and at

Suggested retails start at $179 for the RoadMate 6630T-LM with 5-inch capacitive touchscreen. The next model up is the $199 7630T-LM with 7-inch capacitive touch display. Both models feature 1080p recording, lane-departure warning, front collision avoidance, 122-degree wide-angle lens, impact-event recording, and a parking mode.

All three models will be on display in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall, meeting place MP25441.