Takara: combo autoradio-nav gets affordable



Takara GPV 1004
Takara GPV 1004
Takara GPV 1004
Takara GPV 1004
Europe-based in-car electronics company Takara has unveiled today a new in-car autoradio with navigation that will hit the high end PNDs price range (€399) with much more to offer.

On the navigation side the so-called “GPV1004” offers the navigation software iGo, from Nav N Go, on a four inches touch screen and motorized display with a SiRF StarIII GPS chipset. The map data from Tele Atlas includes Western Europe and Takara also offers - free of charge - a speedcam database update from its website. The whole solution is loaded onto a SD card that plugs in one of the two SD slots of the autoradio. The only missing item is probably traffic information for the navigation, but at this price it is hard to complain.

On the multimedia side, GPV 1004 has a radio, a DVD player and a MP3 player which can play music from the SD port, USB port and media such as DVD, CDR, CDRW and traditional audio CD. The dual zone technology integrated into this device allows for playing DVD on the back seats via the video output and an additional display while listening to music and using navigation on the front seats. The autoradio also accept a video input (for rearview camera) and an audio-video input (gaming console or digital TV).

Takara's smart idea for this product is to have made a compromise on the size of the screen, 4 inches instead of the 6.1 or 7 inches displays common on this kind of solution and to have stripped down some features (DIVX, AAC, WMA support for example). As a consequence Takara is able to compete against high end PNDs rather than on the €1,000-€1,500 low volume segment where Pioneer and Kenwood market their solutions.

Tuesday, April 29th 2008


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