TomTom In Dash Navigation - Eclipse AVN4430
TomTom's technology is looking pretty sweet in the new Eclipse AVN4430 in-dash multimedia playback and navigation center. The unit features all kinds of media playback,
as a CD/DVD player, iPod Audio, iPod Video, and on and on.... Oh, yea and of course the 4.3-inch touchscreen is great for navigation too. Features the latest TomTom interface, and of course Text to Speech.
Full Press Release Below....
TomTom, the world's leading navigation solutions provider, today announces the availability of a second generation, semi-embedded TomTom device, designed especially for use with the in-dash FUJITSU TEN ECLIPSE AVN4430. With this product, a customer can enjoy all the benefits of portable navigation, integrated fully into the dashboard of their vehicle.
TomTom's partnership with FUJITSU TEN is a direct result of a continued focus on innovative navigation solutions. Users are able to seamlessly integrate the TomTom device into their vehicle using the ECLIPSE AVN4430 audio, video and connectivity system. Additionally, the TomTom device can easily be taken out of the dashboard and used as a stand-alone navigation device in a different car.
This second generation product, which was recently recognised as an Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award Honoree, is the ideal combination of a portable navigation device (PND) coupled with in-car integration through the double-DIN radio.
It remains the only product in its class to offer smart navigation as well as ease of use when driving. Users always benefit from the latest maps via TomTom's unique map technologies, including Map Share™. This allows drivers to instantly make map improvements on their device and share these with other car drivers. In addition, by using Bluetooth hands-free calling, users with compatible mobile phones can make and answer phone calls safely while driving. Additionally, the device's 4.3" touch screen can be used to control all navigation functions and to operate the car's entertainment system including CD/DVD player, iPod audio, iPod video and USB, when docked. This means drivers can enjoy their favourite music over their car speakers.
"We are pleased to offer our customers an alternative portable navigation option, said Wolfgang Reelitz, VP Sales Automotive. "Using our technology in a semi-embedded navigation device, customers are able to receive all of TomTom's exclusive features, with the added convenience of in-vehicle, audio-integration."
In addition to full audio-integration, the TomTom semi-embedded PND, has a sleek, high-quality finish and expanded Tele Atlas maps. It also comes equipped with all of TomTom's latest navigation features, including the following.
* TomTom Map Share™ technology, enabling users to make updates and corrections to their own maps instantly on the device and to benefit from improvements made by other users free of charge.
* Latest map guarantee so users always have free access to the latest map at time of purchase.
* 'Help Me' Emergency menu that gives drivers direct access to emergency services and roadside assistance
* Voice address input so that users can drive to millions of cities and street names by simply announcing the address of their destination
* Clear voice instructions and text-to-speech to enable street names, places, traffic alerts and SMS messages to be read aloud as part of the spoken instructions
* Enhanced hands-free calling with high-quality sound system via Bluetooth® to allow drivers to keep their eyes firmly on the road while making phone calls in the car
* Rear-view Camera Ready so drivers can expand their view outside of a normal field of vision.
* Free TomTom HOME software and content from the TomTom community to keep their device up to date at all times.
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* Large 4.3 inch touch screen with fresh icons and an updated user interface to navigate drivers to their destination even more easily.
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 7, 2009 11:46 PM
While it looks like it may be a good product, and it may well be, you would have to be insane to buy anything that involves Fujitsu/Tomtom.
Why? You will get no support. Problems will invariably happen, and when you call TT, they will tell you to call Fujitsu. Call Fujitsu, they will tell you to call TT. Repeat a few more times.
Those of us who bought the AVN2210P, well TT did not always honor the map guarantee, saying it was a Fujitsu product. And when we write TT for help, they ignore our emails. And now, on the TT website, if you have the AVN2210P, you cant even get newer maps. The TT home software does not give us newer map options either.
Its unfortunate, these products have so much potential and I loved having a GPS that did not have to be windshield mounted or having to worry about the battery charge on it.
Basically if you buy a Fujitsu/TT product like this, expect little to no support, and to have it orphaned soon.