CompeGPS Starts Shipping Aventura Outdoor Handheld

CompeGPS Starts Shipping Aventura Outdoor Handheld
Spanish outdoor navigation software CompeGPS is starting shipping in Europe this week its first hardware product, TwoNav Aventura. This handheld is positioned as a crossover PND, both suited for on-road navigation and off-road navigation and selling at €599 for one country and €649 for a pan European product.

As a common PND, TwoNav Aventura has a 3.5 inch touchscreen and offers turn by turn voice guidance based on Tele Atlas map data. The off-road part is however the core of the product with a rain-proof, rugged casing, compass and barimetric sensor, 3,000 mAH Li-ion battery and the outdoor 3D navigation software which CompeGPS is developing and selling since 2001 for the Windows Mobile and Windows CE platform.

CompeGPS is offering a large set of optional topographic maps compatible with its software (Europe, Africa, Israel, Australia, United States, Chili, Argentina). Some of them are even downloadable for free (US data from USGS) and users also have the choice to take advantage of scanned raster maps via the included PC software companion.

TwoNav Aventura, first demonstrated at the CeBIT trade show 15 months ago, is finally finding its way to the shelves after several delays. “We are starting distribution immediately in Spain and Germany, and in the coming weeks and months in the rest of Europe”, said Pascal Darre marketing manager at CompeGPS.

Targeted at demanding outdoor enthusiasts, TwoNav Aventura will compete against new Lowrance devices – shipping in July in Europe – and the obvious market leader Garmin. The concept of dual navigation (on- and off-road) is compelling; however, at this price point consumer might be willing to buy two dedicated devices, unless they are 4WD enthusiasts.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009

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