September 14, 2005

GPS News: New Magellan RoadMate 360

Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

"The Magellan RoadMate 360 delivers the full set of features - usually found only on more expensive devices - for today's consumers who are seeking to enhance their driving experience," said Raj Mitra, senior director of Thales' Magellan consumer products business. "With the introduction of the Magellan RoadMate 360, we're excited to offer customers the true Turn it on and go! ease of use that built-in full map coverage provides, and at a much more affordable price than previously available on the market."

The Magellan RoadMate 360 also integrates NAVTEQ maps to provide reliable and accurate information as it guides drivers to their destination. Audible turn-by-turn voice prompts are delivered through a high-quality integrated speaker. This is becoming a much sought after feature, and will continue to work its way down the market.

The 3.5-inch, high-resolution daylight visible TFT color touch screen shows the driver's progress on a moving map, along with text directions and visual prompts, including a 3-D graphic of upcoming turns. The touch screen and an intuitive backlit keypad give drivers direct access to menu options.

Other Features

Mutiple destination guidance - program in multiple destinations and it routes you to those destinaitons automatically with the fastest route possible.

View and Route to Points of Interest from Map Screen - Drivers can choose to see points of interest (POI) icons along their route on the map screen for restaurants, gas stations and more than 30 other categories. Drivers can also route to a POI by touching the icon on the screen.

Record Travel Paths and Retrieve Trip Data - Users can record their travel paths to playback on the Magellan RoadMate 360 or use the system's trip computer to track mileage, travel time and other useful trip statistics.

Flexible Options for Destination and Routing Selection - Drivers can select their destination by intersection, street address, previous destination, any point on the map screen or a point of interest from the built-in database of nearly two million restaurants, hotels, ATMs, tourist attractions and more. Users can also route to a destination from the address book, which stores hundreds of personal addresses. For added convenience, drivers can choose a route based on the shortest amount of time or the least or most use of freeways, and can choose to avoid toll roads or exclude entire segments of a route to avoid traffic or road construction, for example. Like all Magellan RoadMate systems, it automatically recalculates the route if the driver misses a turn.

It comes with a 12V cigarette lighter adapter, an ac adapter, and a windshield mount.
Price for the Magellan RoadMate 360 is $699 (street).

This new entry puts the consumer in the seat to compare the Magellan RoadMate 360 vs. the Garmin StreetPilot C340 and the TomTom GO 300. The feature sets are pretty similar, but the Garmin c340 adds the optional ability (it cost's money) for the traffic feed service that can allow you to route around traffic instead of sitting in it. A nice add-on for such a device.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 14, 2005 5:33 PM

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