Mio to launch new nav software co-designed with IDEO

Navman S100
Navman S100
MiTAC International, the holding company for the Mio and Navman brands has announced this week Spirit, a newly design navigation software which has been designed by the software teams acquired from Navman in partnership with IDEO, a leading design consultancy. The first device to take advantage of this new software is the Navman S100 launched in the United Kingdom last week.

This new software was based on “continuous in-depth consumer interviews and long-term user behavior observation by co-operating with several research organizations worldwide in the past 2 years”, said Mio.

In the past Mio used several outsourced navigation software, the last one being IGo from Hungarian company Nav N Go. But with the acquisition of Navman in March 2007 Mio inherited of in-house software capabilities in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.

This new software is characterized by an iPhone like “GlideTouch” interface letting users slide across the screen to open, dock and scroll the floating menus. There is also a unique hardware button to return directly to the main menu (something that is really missing in some navigation software - TomTom for example - where users have to click back numerous times to get back to the navigation instruction’s screen).

The navigation interface, now called “ClearView maps” has been simplified to enable ‘at a glance’ map reading. In addition, the new “Junction Views” features major motorway junctions in realistic 3D to simplify complicated exits or intersections.

For more information, watch below a demonstration of the new software presented by Charles Smith, senior product manager at Navman.

Thursday, October 16th 2008

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