July 8, 2008

Mio Knight Rider GPS Launched

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Mio has officially let the Knight Rider GPS out of the bag and it should be hitting stores later this quarter for a list of $269; news came out last month on it. The Wide screen unit will have the red lights and the classic voice of KITT from the famous show of the 80's. The unit will also speak your name when it starts and will guide you on your way to fight crime and buy milk too. The unit will run the new software that is on the Mio Moov 300 series. See my Full Review of the Mio Moov 300/310 for more information.

Full Press Release Follows......


Knight RiderTM GPS by Mio Brings K.I.T.T. to Every Car

~Mio Technology turns 80's dream into reality with Knight Rider-themed GPS~


Are you a lone crusader in the shadowy world of navigation? Mio Technology, a leading worldwide maker of portable GPS navigation devices, introduces the world's first NAVI-tainment portable navigation device with the launch of the Knight Rider GPS. With a design inspired by the original Knight Industries Two Thousand, or K.I.T.T., the Knight Rider GPS by Mio brings the magic of the original television series to your daily commute with a Knight Industries-approved LED display and custom voice files. All that's missing is Michael Knight and his patent leather jacket.

"The Knight Rider GPS by Mio is a groundbreaking entertainment branded navigation system that's a super cool and natural extension of an iconic television franchise," said Jeremy Laws, senior vice president of mobile & broadband, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group. "I mean, who are you going to trust more than Mio GPS and K.I.T.T. to get you out of trouble when you're lost in L.A. traffic?"

For an authentic Knight Rider experience, Mio partnered with Universal Studios to become a Knight Rider licensee and collaborated with Navtones® to include exclusive voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions featuring the original voice of K.I.T.T., the most iconic TV car of all time. The device's integrated randomized greetings and 300 custom names will welcome you to your navigation experience. In addition to Mio's hallmark high-quality navigation, the Knight Rider GPS features an active LED voice synthesizer display that moves in sync with the voice, just as it did on K.I.T.T.'s dash. The Knight Rider GPS can even be programmed to advise drivers of speed limit infractions for those inclined to apply too much turbo boost.

"I've been a fan of the Knight Rider TV show since it first aired on Sept. 26, 1982 and the fan base is still going strong today," said Neil Epstein, owner of fan enthusiast Web site, Knight Rider Online. "I have been waiting 20 years for my car to be able to talk to me like K.I.T.T., and now with the Knight Rider GPS it is a reality for fans everywhere."

The Knight Rider GPS features a 4.3-inch widescreen interface, which allows for more on-screen information and additional details about upcoming intersections. More than four million points of interest will assist drivers in locating gas stations, emergency assistance, hotels and restaurants - turning every trip on the road into an adventure. Like the original K.I.T.T., which had multiple modes including normal, auto and pursuit cruising, the Knight Rider GPS allows drivers to choose routing modes including the fastest or shortest route and highway preference. In a race against mobile assassins or your child's soccer schedule, the Knight Rider GPS also features a SiRFInstantFixIII GPS receiver, which delivers faster GPS signal locks so drivers can navigate as soon as they are ready to drive.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 8, 2008 9:56 AM

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