Sanyo just introduced two brand new in-dash GPS navigation systems with solid state drives instead of the usual DVD based or hard drive based systems. The advantage with SSD will mainly be in terms of speed since reading the maps without having to spin things is a lot faster. The other advantage with SSD is the resistant to vibration, heat, and other environmental factors.
The two new models are NVA-MS1280DT and NVA-MS1180DT. The former comes with a 4GB SD card plus a 4GB solid state drive while MS1180DT only features a 4GB SSD. The other difference is that NVA-MS1280DT has a DVD player and can also record audio onto the SD card.
Other features on these new devices in addition to GPS navigation is the ability to play multiple media formats, FM receiver for traffic information, and support for iPod and iPod video.
Both devices will be out in June and will cost $1750 and $1500… via