April 6, 2009

Magellan Announces RoadMate 1470, 1440, and 1340

Magellan is shipping a new line of RoadMate units, starting with the 4.7-inch screened RoadMate 1470, to the 4.3-inch screened RoadMate 1440, and the standard size 3.5-inch screened 1340, all featuring the OneTouch interface that simplifies the entry and navigation selections of where you want to go.

The line features a lot of power in a slim package, with highway lane guidance, and highway signs giving you clear instructions when you encounter confusing highway interchanges.

Magellan continues with the AAA bundled information that gives you insight and reviews on locations including restaurants and lodging. the one feature that I have come to like is Highway Exit POI's - giving you a quick look at what's at the next exit, glad to see Magellan has this rolled in.

Currently available at Amazon:

Full Press Release follows......


AAA TourBook® Information and Roadside Assistance, Highway Lane Guidance, and Instant Access To Users' Favorite Places and Searches Makes RoadMate Well-Positioned for the Mainstream Market

Magellan, one of the leading GPS brands, is premiering new vehicle navigation models in the popular Magellan RoadMate line, including the new 4.7" Magellan RoadMate 1470. The Magellan RoadMate 1470 features the award-winning OneTouch interface AAA TourBook information and new premium navigation features, including highway signs and lane guidance. The new Magellan RoadMate series is now available at Amazon.com and most major retailers.

"The OneTouch user interface continues to win awards for its richness and ease of use. We're delighted to offer this experience across all Magellan 2009 auto navigation models," said Mike Wagner, senior director of product marketing for Magellan. "The new Magellan RoadMates also include more features than any previous models, like built-in AAA TourBook information, spoken street names, highway lane assist, highway exit points of interest search and multi-destination routing."

All models in the Magellan RoadMate series offer a revolutionary new OneTouch favorite addresses and searches that are just one click away. After users identify and store preferred banks, restaurants and other destinations in the device, the OneTouch feature lets them instantly access directions to those located closest with one quick menu click.

"AAA is pleased to offer our trusted travel information in an expanded line of quality Magellan GPS units, highlighting additional ways to save as a AAA member," said Marshall L. Doney, vice president of Automotive for AAA.

Trusted Points of Interest From AAA TourBook Guides

The Magellan RoadMate series gives users searchable AAA TourBook listings that include AAA Diamond Rated restaurants and lodgings, along with attractions, events and campgrounds - taking the guesswork out of planning a trip. Users can also access listings for AAA-Approved Auto Repair shops and businesses that offer AAA member discounts. All listings include the exact GPS location.

The new series also provides a toll-free menu for AAA members to access North America's largest roadside assistance network.

All new Magellan RoadMate models offer the following features:

  • New 4.7-inch, WQVGA (RoadMate 1470), 4.3-inch WQVGA (RoadMate 1440) or 3.5-inch (RoadMate 1340) QVGA full-color, anti-glare touch-screen display

  • Acclaimed easy-to-use OneTouch favorites drop-down menu with personalized search icons to easily find favorite places

  • Features AAA TourBook listings and member Roadside Assistance menu

  • Announces street names and directions at each turn

  • Highway Lane Assist points the user in the right direction and ensures the correct lane will be chosen before the next turn

  • Highway Exit Points of Interest search let the user find gas stations, restaurants and hotels near upcoming exits

  • QuickSpell® with New SmartCity Search intelligently narrows searches and checks spelling when entering addresses

  • Offers multi-destination routing with route optimization

  • Includes maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico

  • 2-D and 3-D map views with auto day/night mode switching

  • Trip computer and trip planner

    The manufacturer's suggested price for these models is as follows: RoadMate 1470 is $299, RoadMate 1440 is $249 and RoadMate 1340 is $179.

    The Magellan RoadMate series ships with a windshield mount and cradle; a 12-volt vehicle power adapter; an adhesive disk for alternative, on-dash mounting; and a quick reference quide. For additional accessories, including cases, pouches and additional mounting options, visit MagellanGPS.com. Map updates for Magellan products can be purchased separately.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at April 6, 2009 8:13 PM
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