April 21, 2006

Magellan RoadMate 860T Announced

So news of the Magellan RoadMate 860T leaked last month, and well, that leak was true. Magellan announced the new Magellan RoadMate 860T portable vehicle navigation system, available in May at US $799. The Magellan RoadMate 860T provides real-time traffic capabilities with 15 months of traffic service included so drivers can easily gain detour routes to get to their destination faster. In addition, the Magellan RoadMate 860T features SayWhere, a text-to-speech function that speaks the street name for upcoming maneuvers. The Magellan RoadMate 860T also doubles as a travel entertainment device, providing users with 10 GB of memory for storing multimedia files so they can enjoy music and view photos.

“The Magellan RoadMate 860T builds upon the benefits, flexibility and value the Magellan RoadMate 800 offered as the ultimate multimedia travel partner,” said Raj Mitra, director of product marketing. “The Magellan RoadMate 860T not only provides enhanced navigation performance with live traffic updates but also delivers more than twice the available memory for multimedia file storage.”

In major metropolitan areas, the Magellan RoadMate 860T can receive live traffic updates to notify drivers of incidents along their route and direct them on a new route when faster alternatives are available. Drivers can also choose to receive traffic alerts for information only, without being re-routed. Traffic incidents appear as road-sign icons on the Magellan RoadMate map screen to indicate accidents, road work, and other conditions that slow the flow of traffic. The Magellan RoadMate updates the remaining travel time and distance to the destination. Drivers can choose to see all incidents or only specific types, and can gain details about each by touching the related road-sign icon on the screen.

Using the most up-to-date street maps preloaded on a 20 GB hard drive, the Magellan RoadMate 860T delivers voice-prompted and visual door-to-door directions anywhere in the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. Drivers can also access preloaded maps for 27 European countries when traveling abroad for an additional fee. Navigating is easy with the large, 3.5-inch, high-resolution daylight visible TFT color touch screen and the option of a 2D or 3-D “bird’s eye” map view.

Other useful features include:
* Added Traffic Avoidance – In addition to the real-time traffic service, SmartDetour offers the option to choose an alternative route around traffic when the vehicle is stopped on highways.
* SmartVolume - Automatically increases the volume when the speed exceeds 45 MPH.
* Integrated Battery - Enjoy cable-free use for navigating, entertainment or accessing addresses.
* Gain Optimal Routes for Multiple-Destination Trips - Save up to 20 trips with 20 destinations each and receive the shortest route between the destinations.
* More than Six Million Points of Interest - Use the searchable database to quickly gain directions and phone numbers for businesses, like banks, gas stations and restaurants.
* Home Button - Provides instant routing to the destination of choice at the touch of a button.
* Review Trip Data - Track mileage, travel time and other trip statistics using the trip computer.
* Night View - The map color changes automatically for better visibility at night.
* QuickSpell® - Provides fast and easy address entry.

The Magellan RoadMate 860T ships with the Magellan TrafficKit, a windshield mount and enhanced cradle, a USB cable, AC adaptor, vehicle power adapter, headphones and a protective pouch.

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Posted by Scott Martin at April 21, 2006 8:35 AM

Recent Comments

Just purchased the 860T and so far, I'm not THAT impressed. I mean, it does a great job of taking you from point A to point B but today was the first REAL day of car use and it locked up on me as I entered Rt.80 from the G.S parkway and it wouldn't even shut down when I pressed the power button. It appears as though some 800 users were experiencing something of this nature upon boot-up according to the research I just did. I have a Macintosh computer and cannot update via a Mac. I need to go back to a Windows OS in order to do this. This is my first GPS and I was hoping for a better experience after reading the initial reviews.

Posted by: Danny Agnone at November 26, 2006 9:14 PM
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