Motorola launches connected PNDs that use data-over-voice tech

Motorola presented two connected PNDs, MOTONAV TN700 and TN500 at CES.

These PNDs connect to real-time services by using data-over-voice technology developed by Airbiquity, as seen in Ford SYNC: a combination of Bluetooth and in-band modem piggybacking on the user’s phone voice plan.

MotoExtras is the name of the services provided by this device which include Google Local search, BING voice search (with voice recognition – only on TN700), local fuel price comparisons, weather forecasts (from Foreca), and flight status updates as well as stock quotes, horoscopes, travel information, sports and movie times.

Safety camera alerts – with database from Cobra – are also in the pack. The MotoExtras services will require a subscription fee after an initial 90-day free trial.

Traffic updates from NAVTEQ are also available for free and streamed via RDS-TMC. In exchange some advertisements will appear: small non intrusive banner on the screen from time to time (for local POIs) and sponsored results within the local search.

Nav N Go, which developed the software, has been also doing a nice job in integrating dynamic side information into the interface (4.3-inch for the TN500 and 5.1-inch for the TN700).

Obviously with Bluetooth these devices integrate hands-free calling with the features that can be expected from Motorola in that area: phonebook download, voice answer, easy reply, and recognition commands.

These devices will be launched in the United States and the United Kingdom in the coming months.

A non-official source said these products would be $399 and $499.

Courtesy: GPS Business News.

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