Nextar selects Nav N Go, NAVTEQ traffic for low-cost PND

Nextar selects Nav N Go, NAVTEQ traffic for low-cost PND
Personal Navigation Device (PND) supplier Nextar has announced the introduction of its first model to include Nav N Go’s iGo Amigo navigation software. The unit, model 43LT, that retail in the United States for $129, comes with a free lifetime subscription for real-time traffic reports by NAVTEQ. This service is supported by location-based advertising (ads and coupons) displayed to users without compromising their safety.

”Nextar is excited to be working with Nav N Go, a company we believe is bringing user-friendly and trendy navigation software to market that even first-time navigation users can enjoy,” stated Eddy Zheng, Nextar founder. “Nav N Go’s investment in research and development, coupled with their ability to tailor their software to the US market makes them a strong partner.”

Nextar 43LT has a 4.3” TFT touch-screen display and Text-to-speech technology to pronounce road names. The device includes 1.6-million points of interest and digital map data for the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, supplied by NAVTEQ. The unit also comes with 3D landmarks and sign-post viewing. Additional map data can be bought online for this device via the platform operated by Nav N Go with a Nextar branding.

This is the first non-Garmin PND to feature the ad-funded traffic service from NAVTEQ. To be shortly available from, this device is likely to sell in volume thanks to its packed feature set and its low price.

Monday, June 29th 2009

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