Germany based Navigon is leaving the PND market in North America. CEO Egon Minar says that they are downsizing their Chicago office but will still take care of their existing customers with map updates, etc. Apparently they were losing money to more basic, cheaper GPS devices. Instead, they will concentrate on its mobile division by offering its technology to smartphones. They recently signed a deal to equip T-Mobile in Germany, so perhaps they will extend themselves to the states.
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In case you have recently been shopping for the navigationally challenged in your life, Navigon’s 2000S is the company’s new entry level GPS device with plenty of features. It has text-to-speech, Lane Assist and Reality View Pros, DirectHelp, and a handy speed limit display. With a 3.5” screen, the satnav comes without 3-D landmarks and voice command which is on their higher priced 7200T. The Navigator will be available for $199.99 this holiday season.
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Recently unveiled at the IFA 2007, the Navigon 2100 features a 3.5-inch anti-glare touchscreen, simplified menus, and spoken directions with its text-to-speech. Their Reality View displays geometry and road sign text with automatic speed warnings. The exclusive technology provides 2D and 3D, photo-realistic, virtual views of intersections. Look for the navigational device this fall with an MSRP of $249.00. We wonder if the future of such gadgets will provide us with back seat drivers and directions to the nearest pit stop.
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