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New GPS Rearview Mirror Introduced

Directus Navigation introduced a car rearview mirror with built-in touchscreen GPS navigation.

The $799 rearview mirror also includes wireless Bluetooth and backup camera capability.

By locating the GPS screen in a rearview mirror, the need for suction cups and dangling wires are eliminated, said Frank Rogers, chief marketing officer for Directus Navigation, a division of Tatmar, a trading company.

The mirror, model TD40Touch, includes a 4-inch touchscreen LCD. All GPS electronics are built into the mirror and GPS features include voice cues for upcoming turns and 3D views of terrain plus landmark graphics. The mirror has more than 7 million points of interest, and uses Tele Atlas maps and Nav N Go software. It also has Bluetooth, and incoming caller ID information appears on the screen. The unit can also display photos and playback MP3s.

The mirror uses a Samsung 400MHZ processor, 64MB internal memory and 2GB SD card for storing maps and pictures. It also has two video inputs and is available to independent 12-volt specialists.