September 25, 2006

New GPS: Route 66 Chicago 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000

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Route 66 has announced a new line of Euro GPS units, dubbed “Chicago”, in several variations: Chicago 6000, Chicago 7000, Chicago 8000 and Chicago 9000. Generally they are offering single country/region and pan-Euro models at different price points. What is interesting is that they are seling these and claiming that these are the slimmest wide-screen GPS navigators available, and at 24 mm, that is true… until the Garmin Nuvi 660 hits the market at 23mm. Either way, this will continue the pressure on the GPS manufacturers to keep going thin. I am a big fan of thin GPS units, and think that overall, the user experience is just better.

Features of the Chicago 6000:

  • The most complete GPS navigation solution – single country/region coverage.
  • FREE traffic information (only in B+NL & CZ & D+A+CH & DK+FIN+N+S & E & F & I) (with external TMC cable (optional))
  • Extremely fast re-routing in case of deviation from the original route
  • Accurate and in-time navigation instructions
  • Quick address look-up thanks to "QuickSearch" address search engine
  • Geographic coverage: Britain & Ireland + Europe (major roads)
  • MP3 player
  • FREE safety cameras (only in B+NL+L & CZ+PL & D+A+CH+FL & E+P & F & FIN+N+S & GB+IRL & GR & I)
  • Smooth map display thanks to interpolation of GPS signal (I-GPS)
  • Uninterrupted navigation in tunnels and urban areas thanks to extrapolation of GPS signal (E-GPS)
  • On-screen exit information like on signposts along the road
  • Large button user interface for in-car use with the tip of your finger
  • Latest geographic data (NAVTEQ, Q2-2006)
  • No more speed tickets thanks to a clever warning system when exceeding a preset speed limit

    The Chicago 8000 adds more complete European coverage.

    The Chicago 7000 has the features of the Chicago 6000, but adds the FM-TMC receiver, and similarly the Chicago 9000 has the features of the Chicago 8000 and again adds the FM TMC receiver.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at September 25, 2006 8:32 AM
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