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New portable device points in the direction of safer navigation

The latest portable navigation unit from Clarion – world leaders in in-car entertainment and navigation solution - forges 360° 3D mapping with the most comprehensive lane indication and realistic signpost information, to deliver its clearest navigation experience, and combined with text-to-speech and Bluetooth connectivity, the MAP790 is the safest way to get where you’re going.

The MAP790 uses two separate high-performance programmes – powered by a powerful 400MHz CPU - to draw buildings in the foreground and background. Buildings close to the driver appear see-through as you approach them, so as not to obstruct the view of the next junction, whilst buildings further away are textured and solid, making them lifelike and easily recognisable as reference points while driving.

The new PND also uses digital elevation model data to draw height and depth features, with hills and mountains rendered in 3D while you drive, to create the most realistic view, at any level of zoom. Elevation information is also applied to the road network for rendering of shadows, to display roads and bridges at their correct height for a greater clarity of route guidance.

Clarion’s MAP790 incorporates comprehensive lane indication and realistic signpost information, with all available lanes rendered in 3D, and the one needed highlighted, for a

more intuitive navigation experience. And in a further fillip to safer navigation, whilst street names are displayed on screen, the voice guidance gives the name of the approaching road and instructions leading up to it, in the same way a passenger would navigate.

The MAP790 is pre-installed with map data for 44 European countries whilst voice guidance is offered in 38 languages. To cater for UK and European markets, the MAP790 utilises

both a 5-digit and 8-digit postcode search function, to direct you more accurately to your destination, and with the addition of free RDC-TMC traffic information, motorists are kept constantly updated with changing conditions.

To cope with the demands for an ‘always-connected’ communications network, Clarion’s latest portable navigation devices also makes the most of Bluetooth connectivity to display SMS (text) messages on-screen, as well as giving seamless touch-screen access to a paired

phone or PDA, whilst audio streaming (A2DP) and MP3/WMA playback is also possible via a built-in music player.

Additional entertainment features on the MAP790 feature a movie player, allowing users to download up to 8GB of MP4 video via MMC or SD card, whilst a digital photo album allows the user to upload pictures via SD card or the built-in USB port.

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