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Sony unveils new in-car AV Navigation Systems

Press Release   •   Sep 01, 2010 16:30 BST

With ever-increasing traffic congestion and time pressure, it’s harder to make driving a pleasure when getting from A to B is rarely plain sailing.  But now Sony has combined its strength and knowledge in AV with those of TomTom, leading provider of location and navigation solutions, to deliver a range of Xplod™ AV Navigation Systems that puts the power back with the driver.

Sony’s brand new range of in-car multimedia AV Navigation Systems are the XNV-L77BT and the XNV-L66BT.  “Infotainment”, real-time information + multi-media entertainment, is increasingly becoming part of our daily lives, and these new products meet this demand from commuters and travellers on the road.

Each system consists of Sony’s AV head unit and TomTom’s navigation module with its cutting edge navigation services. The XNV-L77BT (7” widescreen) and XNV-L66BT (6.1” widescreen) take full advantage of TomTom Live services including HD Traffic™, Local Search with Google™ and Safety Alerts. 

HD Traffic™ gives drivers the most accurate and up-to-date traffic information, live on the in-dash head unit.  Road incidents and delays are updated every three minutes, giving alternative routing to avoid jams.  Knowing what’s ahead allows safer driving.  Safety Alerts give advanced warnings of where the safety cameras (fixed and mobile) and dangerous areas are.

Another advantageous live feature is Local Search with Google™.  Imagine you’ve just arrived in town and need to find a restaurant.  Simply search straight from the AV Navigation touch screen using Google Map, the world’s largest location database.  What’s more, you can make a call right from the search page to book a table.  Locating, calling and arriving at local shops and businesses couldn’t be easier!

All AV Navigation models come with the most comprehensive and sophisticated maps from TomTom.  Map coverage is far-reaching across 45 European countries.  Route calculation by TomTom is much more complex than simply using maximum speed limits.  The unique IQ Routes™ technology with their extensive historical database of ‘real’ travel times calculates the fastest route taking into account the time and day you’re travelling.  This includes rush hours, weekends and even slow traffic lights.

Keeping the most up-to-date maps in your dash is essential.  Thanks to MapShare™ from TomTom and its enormous navigation community, you can correct your maps and benefit from changes made by other drivers via your computer and the free software TomTom HOME.

The new in-car AV Navigation Xplod range is built on the same product platform as the XAV-70BT in-car multimedia centre, which has recently won the EISA Award European In-Car A/V Head Unit 2010-20111.  The new devices feature all the great AV innovations of this award winning product.   They are double-DIN and boast ultra bright WVGA screens displaying high resolution of 800x480 pixels – that’s five times the resolution of mainstream QVGA AV Centre displays. 

Audio quality is also first-class and precisely what users have come to expect with products from Sony.  Attention to detail, such as completely separating the Audio and Video signal paths, ensures unmatched quality of AV reproduction.  With Centre Speaker Organiser, listeners can enjoy a rich and expansive soundstage as it recreates 5.1 channel surround sound by placing an additional ‘virtual’ speaker right in the middle of the dash board.  The AV Centres also use Intelligent Time Alignment, which considers the driver’s position and allows adjustments to the timing of the sound from the different channels for an optimum listening experience.  

The touch screen, simple display layout and useful onscreen functions or buttons give a very intuitive user experience.  Cutting edge patented technology from Sony such as ZAPPIN™ and SensMe make your music selection easy and fun, helping you find the tune that’s just right for whatever driving mood you may be in.  Genuinely multimedia, the range has excellent connectivity across a wide range of digital music players including WALKMAN®, iPod, iPhone and USB memory drives.  In addition, it features integrated Bluetooth™ for mobile phone wireless music stream and hands-free phone calls.

The new line-up of Xplod in-car AV Navigation Systems will be available from October 2010 in the UK.2

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