Pioneer AVIC-ZHO9-MEV GPS navigation system


Pioneer designed a new GPS navigation system for electric vehicle owners. It is called the Pioneer AVIC-ZHO9-MEV. AVIC-ZHO9-MEV can estimate the amount of juice left in your car’s battery and take your power consumption to give you an estimated range. However it also finds opportunities for energy regeneration and helps plan your routes accordingly to give you the maximum range with minimal effect on the environment. Other standard features include DVD player, digital TV and radio tuners, MP3, WMA, and AAC support, all around a sharp 7″ screen. It is quite costly though, Engadget says it will be available late July for 250000¥ — around $3,100.

Fujitsu Ten AVN-F01i with an iPhone app helps find your car


Fujitsu Ten of Japan is releasing an in-dash GPS navigation system that works together with the iPhone. The sat nav system itself is called “AVN-F01i,” and with the help of an iPhone lets drivers find their cars’ location in a parking lot with ease.

AVN-F01i will be out early next month and will sell for about ¥90,000 (appx $1,121). The apps however are free. The app we’re talking about here is called “Doco Car (Where Car),” which uses augmented reality on iPhone’s camera to guide the back to his/her car. When the car is parked and iPhone is disconnected from the car navigation system, the application is automatically launched.

the new JVC KW-NT50HDT and KW-NT30HD


JVC was showing off two new in-dash GPS navigation system at CES 2011 in Vegas last week. The new models are the JVC KW-NT50HDT and KW-NT30HD both of which have a 6.1″ display and integrated HD radio.

One of the new features is the iheartradio iPhone application which can be used via USB connection on KW-NT30HD and KW-NT50HDT. It lets you view song and artist information, album artwork, and control channel up or down functions from the navigation unit or from the iPhone itself. You also get free lifetime subscription to the Total Traffic HD+ Network with KW-NT50HDT. This model also has the dual HD tuner system, which has the ability to feature audio content on one tuner and HD Total Traffic Network Data on the other.

Navigation features include map coverage of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, high-sensitivity WAAS enabled GPS for accurate navigation, over 6 million P.O.I. data from infoUSA, and quick start up in less than 15 seconds. Both Text-to-Speech and voice guidance are available in English, Spanish, and French. Other useful features include magnified view, Lane Guide, Speed Limit Display, Speed Alert function, and brand P.O.I. icons. You can search from various options including P.O.I. (name/vicinity/phone number), address, zip code, coordinates, and 100 favorite/last 50 destinations. The user-friendly touch panel is based on Grid-Layout Design, with consistent key position for each screen. Hard keys are also available on the frame for instant access to frequently used functions.

Both models will come out in March. You can pick up the KW-NT30HD for $1000 and the KW-NT50HDT for $1200.

Kenwood’s new lineup of GPS navigation + multimedia products


At CES 2011 last week in Las Vegas Kenwood introduced four new in-dash GPS navigation + multimedia units where navigation was handled by Garmin.

The top of the line unit was the DNX7180 which is a double-DIN device that has lane assistance, junction view, built-in NAVTEQ live traffic service, Garmin’s ecoRoute, and support for vehicle diagnostics via the KNA-EC100 ODBII interface. DNX7180 also does Pandora provided you link it up with your smartphone. It has a 6.95″ touch screen, supports DVD videos, iPod, USB video, and split screen feature.

DNX6180 has a slightly smaller 6.1″ touch screen which makes space for a knob for volume control. It also supports various external sources including DVD, MP3/WMA, iPod, Pandora, USB sticks, HD radio, etc.

DNX5180 is pretty much identical to DNX6180 but lacks Bluetooth connectivity. However the KCA-BT300 can be added later for this feature.

Single-DIN KVT-516 does not have GPS navigation by default but you can always add the KNA-G610 later on for this feature. KVT-516 has a 7″ retractable touch screen.

Here is the pricing information:

  • DNX7180 $1,500.00 February, 2011
  • DNX6180 $1,200.00 February, 2011
  • DNX5180 $1,150.00 February, 2011
  • KVT-516 $850.00 Available Now
  • KNA-EC100 $150.00 February, 2011

Thinkware announced new iNavi Read R100


Korean Thinkware just announced a new iNavi in-dash GPS navigation system. The new model is called iNavi Ready R100 and it uses a 1GHz processor (Cortex A8) with 512MB of RAM.

It has two different screen sizes, a 7″ model and an 8″ model. The really awesome part is that the device can handle two displays so you can have your navigation going while playing a cartoon in 720p resolution for the kids in the back seat.

Other features real time traffic updates, digital TV receiver, G-sensor, USB 2.0 host, microSD card slot, super realistic 3D views, and the new Ublox6 GPS receiver that is most sensitive than ever…

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2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara gets connected Garmins


Garmin just announced that they’ll be working with Suzuki to provide a connected and integrated GPS navigation package for 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4 models that include the SX4 Crossover, SX4 Sport and SX4 SportBack. Apparently this is the first of its kind in the US to offer online information like Google local search, traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status, etc.

The navigation system will be based Garmin nuvi 1690 and we found this photo on Suzuki’s website so you know what it will look like when they say ‘integrated’. The press release says “unit sits in a fully-integrated mount, which provides power to the unit as well as turn-by-turn voice prompting through the vehicle’s sound system” which means it’s not fully integrated into the center console and can be taken on and off to be used in other vehicles. Other customizations include a Suzuki splash screen and a preloaded database of Suzuki dealerships.

All that wireless data will be free for the first year but after it costs $60/year which comes out to be $5/mo.

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Sanyo, TomTom, and Mazda offer GPS navigation together


Sanyo and TomTom developed a new in-dash GPS navigation system that will be offered in 2011 Mazda 5′s as on option in Europe.

The in-dash satellite navigation unit will have an integrated 5.8″ touch screen, be preloaded with maps of 45 European countries, have voice control, bluetooth connectivity, and come with LIVE Services, including HD TrafficTM.

And for audio and video Sanyo has did its part offering an optical drive, ability to play various multimedia formats, and AUX port.

Sony XNV-770BT and XNV-660T


Sony just made two in-dash GPS navigation systems official. These are the Sony XNV-770BT and XNV-660T. These are both noteworthy because the navigation engine in both these units come from TomTom which is one of the expert names in the industry – oh, and this is Sony’s first attempt at in-dash GPS navigation + A/V system. So if you’ve been holding out for a Sony system in your car with reliable GPS navigation system this could be for you.

Let’s look in more detail to XNV-770BT and XNV-660T. First common features and specs… Both units have a widescreen display and come pre-loaded with TomTom’s extensive map database of both U.S. and Canada roads, with one free year of map upgrades. You can find all the latest TomTom features in each unit too. IQ Routes, Advanced Lane Guidance, Quick GPSfix, MapShare, etc. They’ve got the rear USB-1 hookup for connecting iPod’s and other media players, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Now the differences: XNV-770BT has a 7″ fully capacitive touch motorized panel display whereas XNV-660T comes with a 6.1-inch capacitive touch with several hard keys. That’s really it. Oh and the price too. The one with smaller screen will cost you $1000, for the motorized 7″ display add another $300.

Kenwood DNX9260BT in-dash GPS navigation


Kenwood keeps renovating their in-dash GPS navigation line with this latest Kenwood DNX9260BT which they showcased at IFA 2010. Kenwood DNX9260BT supports 3D views, has a 7″ VGA screen, bluetooth connectivity and support for various kinds multimedia files.

GPS navigation software DNX9260BT is from Garmin which promises quick route calculations free of traffic thanks to the integrated TMC receiver. Other features from Garmin side include 3D Reality View, EcoNavigation for fuel savings, and a lot more.

Sony Xplod navigation comes with TomTom software


The new SonyXplod AV Navigation Systems will be coming with TomTom navigation software which is fully connected, offering LIVE services such as HD Traffic to keep you out of traffic jams and Google business address searches.

Other TomTom features that are available on Sony Xplod (aka XNV-L77BT) are the IQ Routes and Map Share which make use of the actual speed data collected from millions of users to accurately calculate the travel time of any given route. It accounts for rush hours, traffic lights, and even shopping crowds when calculating your ETA.