Magellan GPS Receiver for m500 Series Coming Soon
A GPS receiver and software combination from Thales Navigation capable of giving turn-by-turn directions will soon be available for Palm's m500 series. The Magellan GPS Companion, which will ship with Rand McNally's StreetFinder Deluxe, was announced late yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show. It won't be available until sometime this Spring and a price wasn't announced.
StreetFinder Deluxe connects to the Internet to let users create custom maps and driving routes on their PC that can then be exported to their Palm.
It has street-level maps of the United States (excluding Alaska), address lookup and route calculation. StreetFinder Deluxe also has more than one million business listings and points of interest, including dry cleaners, banks and museums, and Mobil Travel Guide rated hotels and restaurants.
Maps are matched with satellite navigation information from the GPS receiver to show the user's position on a map that shows the real-time movement of the user. The users gets in-route audio alerts to signal the next step in the directions, as well as a text version of the complete list of directions.
The Magellan GPS Companion features a 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver that attaches to the back of the Palm handheld for fast position acquisition and satellite tracking, even in urban canyons or under trees. The additional use of Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) satellite correction signals helps ensure the most accurate position fixes possible so users can know their location within as little as 3 meters.
It connects with the handheld through the HotSync port, leaving the expansion card slot available for map downloads. For extended travel, an optional 12V power cable features a built-in battery charger.
Magellan's own NAV Companion software provides comprehensive navigation information so Palm users can turn their handheld into a traditional GPS receiver for finding their way in off-road areas. It provides an analog speedometer, a digital compass, and waypoint and route management capabilities so users can store location information and find their way to and from a destination that doesn't appear on conventional maps.
When it debuts, this won't be the first GPS receiver for the m500 series. Rand McNally's software will also be shipping with the Navman GPS, which should be available February 15 for $200.
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