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Sony NAV-U Avoids the Traffic

Posted in GPS,Sony by Paul Patterson on October 24th, 2006

Sony NV U71T Sony Electronics today revealed the latest nav-u personal navigation system. The new NV-U71T model is the second offering in the company’s navigation lineup and aims to help daily commuters avoid traffic,

Slimmer than the first model, the nav-u is ready to use right out of the box. The new interface has been redesigned based on customer feedback and eliminates unnecessary drilling down through multiple menu systems for common functions. The user-friendly device helps drivers map destinations and locate points of interest, and hopefully avoid traffic congestion along the way.

The navigator includes an RDS-TMC real-time traffic receiver built into the supplied cradle. The device works by notifying the driver of heavy traffic areas and automatically gives them an alternate route choice. The live traffic service does require a separate subscription at $4.95 a month, but customers will receive the first 90 days free of charge.

“It’s safe and easy to use while driving, and it comes with everything you need to get started,” said Allan Jason, vice president for mobile electronics and portable audio products at Sony Electronics. “Our aim is to make navigation easy without sacrificing any of the features drivers need to get where they’re going.”

One intriguing feature is the new Gesture Command which makes frequently used commands, available through simple finger movement on the 3.5 inch touch-screen. For example, drawing an invisible inverted “V” on the screen activates Sony’s “take me home” feature.

Pre-orders for the NV-U71T navigation device are now being accepted at www.sonystyle.com/navu. The device is expected to be widely available later this year for about $500. Accessories include an additional mounting bracket and a car charger ($100), an external GPS antenna ($100), and a travel case ($30).