October 21, 2008

Nextar ME Launching at SEMA


Nextar is ready to introduce the ME, a slim navigation system that comes pre-loaded with Tele Atlas maps. At only 0.7" thickness, it can be easily moved for use in multiple vehicles. The Nextar ME features a 3.5 inch touch-screen display, 1.6-million points of interest, 50 U.S. maps, text-to-speech, and includes a host of portable media player for functions like MP3 playing and JPEG image viewing. The ME will be available at leading retailers across the US with a SRP of $129.99 in Spring 2009.

Text-to-Speech and 50 State Maps at a list price of $129 that will effectively be less than that in the spring sounds like it will continue to drive the competition for features up while the price points continue to drop.

More information after the jump......

Nextar is primed to introduce yet another model to its expanding lineup of GPS navigation systems. At only 0.7" thickness, the slim Nextar ME unit can be easily moved for use in multiple vehicles. The system comes pre-loaded with maps for the 50 United States as well as extras like MP3 playing and JPEG image viewing capabilities. Nextar will introduce this newest member to its navigation family at the upcoming 2008 SEMA show in booth 10613 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"The entry-level Nextar ME navigation system is easy to use, easy to move, and easy on the budget," stated Eddy Zheng, Nextar founder. "With a sleek design and at only 0.7" thick, it rides well and looks great in any make or class of vehicle. Whether for personal or professional use, it is an outstanding value."

Maps from the 50 United states are pre-loaded and shown on the unit's 3.5" touch-screen display. Text-to-speech technology distinctly pronounces road names in English. Voice-guided directions with turn-by-turn voice prompts are clearly audible through a built-in stereo speaker.

The unit includes 1.6 millions of points of interest to make finding hotels, shopping centers, gas stations, and restaurants a snap. Planning trips, vacations, or cross town jaunts with the Nextar ME points of interest feature is easy and fun. A new route is recalculated instantly any time the driver misses a turn. Digital map data is supplied by Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content that power many of the world's most essential navigation and location-based services.

For entertaining while en route, the ME can play MP3 files and display JPEG images. Addresses for up to 300 favorite destinations can be stored. Other features include a built-in antenna that ensures signal reception. A lightweight, built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery supplies power.

The Nextar ME measures 3.5" x 2.9" x 0.7" and weighs 2.2 pounds.

Accessories include: AC/DC adapter, car adapter, USB cable, protection pouch, unique magnetic suction cup, and a stylus/touch pen.

Pricing and Availability
The Nextar ME navigation system will be available at leading retailers across the U.S. in Spring 2009. It is priced right for budget-conscious holiday shoppers with a SRP of $129.99. A one-year limited warranty is included.

Features Found in the Nextar ME GPS Navigation System:

  • Touch-screen display: Provides interfacing capability while map is being viewed

  • Built-in stereo speaker: Delivers navigational voice prompts as well as MP3 music in stereo; no extra wires or speaker to remember to connect

  • Text-to-Speech: Safety feature that allows driver to keep eyes on the road while getting directions; clearly pronounces names of streets encountered during drive

  • Points of Interest: Name or description of a specific location that user may find useful or interesting; generally indicated by an icon on the map

  • Lithium-Ion Battery: Lighter weight, holds charge longer, and does not suffer from memory effect compared to similar batteries; recharging feature assures system stays active

  • MP3 playing: Allows driver and/or passengers to listen to favorite MP3 files while in vehicle

  • JPEG viewing: View photos and other graphics while in vehicle

  • Route recalculation: Instantly changes route if driver misses turn

  • Built in antenna: Ensures reception of signal without running additional wires

  • Stylus: Allows user to point more accurately than using a finger to small areas on the display screen

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 21, 2008 6:28 AM

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