October 4, 2007

Via Michelin X-970 in US


Via Michelin announced that its ViaMichelin Navigation X-970 portable GPS is now available in North America. The X-970 is the first such device to be integrated with exclusive Michelin content. The unit can be hooked up to the computer and you are able to download Michelin content from the Michelin website to the device. So information about your travel plans car be sent to the unit after working them up on the website. The X-970 is a 3.5-inch widescreen unit that is also Bluetooth handsfree capable.

They also have the Via Michelin X-930 in the US; see my Via Michelin X-930 Full Review.

Via Engadget

More from the Press Release after the jump...

The ViaMichelin Navigation X-970 represents the ideal companion for demanding travelers, offering advanced functions such as text-to-speech (providing voice instructions of street names and directions) and Bluetooth® that allows incoming calls to be accepted hands-free simply by clicking on the touch screen. The model also offers amplified sound thanks to a 3-watt speaker incorporated in the base. The ViaMichelin X-970 is also real-time traffic capable*.

For increased safety while navigating, the X-970 features an easy to use touch screen interface with a super bright color display readable in full sunlight and a smart keyboard enabling fast, intuitive address searches. Turn-by-turn directions can be displayed split screen (mapping and schematic simultaneously) and are accompanied by a text-to-speech translation.
The ViaMichelin Navigation X-970 is the only portable GPS navigation system to integrate exclusive Michelin Green Guide content, describing thousands of attractions across the U.S. and Canada.

In addition, X-970 users can go to ViaMichelin.com, a leading travel assistance destination to find Michelin rated restaurants in New York and San Francisco, plan routes and book hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. All content from the ViaMichelin.com Web site can be sent for free to their ViaMichelin X-970 unit. Whether looking for fine dining or white glove accommodations, the Michelin Guides have been the guide of choice in Europe for more than a century and now their editors have turned their focus to America which can be fully taken advantage of only with the X-970.

The X-970 features a slim, lightweight design (5.47 ounces) and size (4.25'' x 3.15'' x 0.79''), while providing a full-size touch screen (3.5'') for easy use and navigation. In addition to the Michelin Green Guides of hotels, the unit is preloaded with a directory of millions of additional POIs that allow users to easily find restaurants, lodging, gas stations, banks/ATMs and other businesses and services.

The X-970's sleek stylish design makes it fit in either on a caf├ę table or in a luxury car interior with ease. With ViaMichelin's slide and go car mount, the X-970 can quickly be moved from one car to another, easily fit into a shirt pocket and taken while walking or stowed in a locked glove compartment or hand bag for safe keeping.

Drawing on over a century of Michelin experience in travel assistance and enhanced mobility along with over 20 years of digital mapping experience, ViaMichelin develops digital travel assistance products and services for users throughout North America and Europe. Providing safety, quality, and performance to drivers with sophisticated and user-friendly solutions, ViaMichelin is one of the key players in the European GPS market. ViaMichelin.com is one of the most popular online travel assistance destinations in Europe, serving as a valuable resource for directions, hotel reservations and restaurant choices.

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 4, 2007 6:45 AM

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