Navman recently showed off its 2013 range of GPS devices, along with the announcement of its Rapid Map Refresh service, offering free monthly updates to road, points of interest, speed camera, school zone and red light camera information.
It also announced free lifetime (of the device) map updates every three months. The kickers here are that the free lifetime update applies only to the top-of-the-range MY450LMT. If you purchase one of the other new models – the MY400LMT and MY250LM – or have one of last year’s models, the map updates will cost you $149.
To give you an idea of just how much change occurs on and about Australian roads each month, here’s some numbers:
90,000 kilometres of road
354 street names
1,234 turn restrictions
161 one-way streets
212 road directional signs
347 speed limits
All models in the 2013 Navman range feature 5-inch touchscreens, and are compatible when docked with either Mac computers or PCs. Improvements have been made to the Voice Destination Entry, allowing destinations as broad as ‘Blue Mountains’, or as specific as street addresses, intersections, or places of interest to be given in one go, rather than have to dictate separately by state, town and street address.
The Fuel Type search for petrol stations is handy, and for caffeine addicts the Cafe Short Cut Button could be a saviour on a raggedy morning.
Along with the monthly map updates, drivers will also be aided by the use of historical crowdsourced data to display the optimum way to get from A to B.
Navman 2013 range – pricing
The pricing for the three new Navman GPS devices is as follows: