|Portable Navigation Mio C710 and C510|
Nic Rossmüller : July 27th 2006 - 11:07 CET
Portable Navigation Mio C710 and C510 : Mio Technology announces availability of two new portable navigation devices, based on cutting edge satellite navigation technology with a brand new, user-friendly interface. The C710 is a top of the range device and is equipped with maps of 24 European countries and a built in TMC receiver. The C510E is based on the same technology and comes with full UK mapping and Major Roads of Europe (MRE) installed with full maps of 24 European countries on a DVD, making this device exceptionally good value for money. The devices come with Tele Atlas maps (2006.1), the most recent version available commercially at the moment. A touch-screen interface and Mio’s latest navigation software, MioMap v3.|
Mio C710 Navigator - Destination|
Users can enter a full postcode for direct navigation. Navigating without postcodes is just as easy as each letter of an address is entered, the device narrows down the options into a list so the user can identify their destination. Navigating to work or home is straightforward - once these addresses have been stored in the device, pressing the work or home button begins navigation. A destination history list allows the user to navigate to previously visited destinations by simply selecting from a list.
Mio C710 Portable Navigation - Points of Interest (POI)
For detailed journey planning both devices provide a step by step overview which the user can review and amend before setting off, meaning journeys don’t contain any un-expected surprises. There are modes for large vehicles or caravans which avoid narrow streets and low bridges. Thousands of Points of Interest (POI’s), including restaurants, petrol stations and other local attractions, can be searched for by name, category or location. The POI database contains telephone numbers so you can call your chosen destination before arriving, perfect for booking tables, checking opening hours etc. The predictive POI search speeds up choosing destinations by suggesting places as you type. It is also possible for the users to add their favourite destinations under POI.
Mio C710 and C510 Navigator - Features
• Intuitive interface with full touch-screen entry and seven digit postcode recognition
• Dedicated pedestrian mode and anti-glare screen for better visibility outdoors
• Speed (safety) camera locations’ alerts
• Free database updates for one year after registration and ability to add new cameras
• Rapid predictive search by name across thousands of Points of Interest with phone numbers
• Hands-free calling with Bluetooth connectivity and built in microphone
• Get going quickly with SiRFstarIII and new fast processor
• Outlook synchronisation so users can call and navigate directly to their contacts
Mio C710 route planner - Unique features
• Built in TMC on the C710 for live traffic updates and suggested alternative routes
• Pre-installed maps of 24 countries
Mio C710 and C510 Navigation Device - Pedestrian navigation
The device design ensures that the C510E and the C710 are uniquely suited to navigation in pedestrian mode. Small and light, it fits easily in your hand and the anti-glare screen improves visibility.
Portable Navigation Mio C710 and C510 - Speed Camera
Users are given an audio and visual warning as they approach a speed camera location. A database of speed camera locations with free downloadable updates for the first year is integrated in the two devices. Users can enter additional camera locations should they find them. If several users identify the same new camera location Mio will then verify the camera and make their locations available for all registered owners to download.
Mio C710 Navigator - Traffic Messaging Channel
Both devices help drivers avoid congestion this summer with support for the Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) system. The C710 has a built in TMC receiver and will receive live updates of traffic problems and will either automatically plan a new route to avoid problem areas or provide the user with a choice of a new route or continuing on the original route. C510E users can purchase an optional TMC receiver and antenna to have the same TMC functionality as the C710.
Mio C510 route planner - Bluetooth
Hands free calling is included amongst the safety features along with a reminder of the speed limit of the current road and optional audio and visual warnings should this be exceeded. The Bluetooth facility allows motorists to take phone calls hands free without fiddling with their mobile, allowing them to keep two hands on the wheel. The device will continue to navigate in the background whilst in a call so navigation can resume as soon as the call ends.
Portable Navigation Mio C710 and C510 - MP3 Player
Both devices can be used to play MP3 files and view photos via the SD card slot. If your digital camera stores images on the SD card format then these two devices are perfect for viewing photos on the go. They both synchronise with Outlook so you will have all your contacts with you wherever you are. Furthermore, it is possible to navigate to a contact by simply selecting their name.
About Mio Technology
Mio Technology develops and markets products to enable users to take advantage of the latest developments in mobile services in their professional and personal lives. The company was established in May 2002 and now has operations located in Taiwan, China, Belgium, US, Japan and South Korea. After entering the European market in October 2003, Mio Technology began to sell their products in January 2004 and products are now widely available throughout Europe, through both specialist and mass market channels, as well as online. Mio’s product range, which today includes personal navigation devices (PNDs), PDA GPS, GPS PDA phones, smartphones and DMB (Digital Media Broadcasting) navigation (available in Korea), is designed to liberate users enabling them to enjoy and embrace today’s mobile revolution in terms of travel, entertainment, leisure, information and professional services. Based on Q1 2006 Canalys figures, Mio Technology is Europe’s number four vendor of mobile satellite navigation devices with integrated GPS receivers, recording growth of 37% for Q1 2006 compared to the same period in 2005. Mio Technology employs 1,500 workers worldwide, including over 700 staff dedicated to research and development. The company’s European operations are headquartered in Belgium.