US: Sony and TomTom team up for in-dash navigation

Sony recently announced its first in-dash car navigation systems for the U. S. market, featuring technology powered by TomTom (no connected services currently).

Note: Sony already offers systems with TomTom LIVE services in Europe.

Both of Sony’s new systems, the XNV-770BT (7-inch widescreen display) and XNV-660BT (6. 1-inch widescreen display) come pre-loaded with TomTom’s extensive map database of both U. S. and Canada roads, with one free year of map upgrades provided at no incremental charge. In the U. S. alone, TomTom maps feature more than 1 million more miles of roads than other GPS brands.

Further, each system will take full advantage of several of TomTom’s advanced navigational technologies, including:

IQ Routes evaluates all route options based on actual traffic speeds rather than posted speed limits, and will recommend the fastest route for the time of day.

Advanced Lane Guidance provides enhanced lane graphics that show which lane to take in complex multi-lane situations.

Quick GPSfix automatically updates satellite locations to get the driver on their way faster.

MapShare from TomTom and its enormous navigation community enables drivers to correct their maps and benefit from changes made by other drivers via your computer and the free software TomTom HOME.

More than 6 million points of interest including gas stations, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and more.

Price & Availability:

Both the new XNV-770BT and XNV-660BT A/V navigation systems will be available this November for about $1,300 and $1,000, respectively, at www. sonystyle. com, Sony Style retail stores and throughout the Sony authorized dealer network nationwide.

Via: Engadget.

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