We know you are like, first of all is there something that Sony hasn’t done yet? Sony has announced its first in-dash car navigation systems for the U.S., featuring technology powered by industry leader TomTom. To be honest I am a Garmin guy, but the capability of this system isn’t bad at all. My only concern is that since its in-dash, then it’s really only an option for cars already featuring in-dash navigation systems, which lowers the target market – but if you are looking to upgrade your in-dash unit then this might be the one for you.
There will be two models and each of Sony’s new systems, the XNV-770BT (7-inch widescreen display) and XNV-660BT (6.1-inch widescreen display) comes 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.
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.
Additional Features Include:
- The XNV-770BT model is a 7-inch, fully capacitive touch motorized panel display and the XNV-660BT model is a 6.1-inch capacitive touch with several hard keys such as volume and key menu buttons.
- Both new A/V systems feature rear USB-1 wire connectivity for simple hookup to iPod®, iPhone® and other digital music players
- Full Bluetooth capability
- Multi-channel playback with Center Speaker Organizer (CSO)
- Sony’s unique SensMe™ feature has the ability to automatically create custom music playlists and radio channels from a connected music library.
Both models will be available this November for about $1,300 (XNV-770BT) and $1,000 (XNV-660BT), respectively, at www.sonystyle.com, Sony Style retail stores and throughout the Sony authorized dealer network nationwide.