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Turn-By-Turn Street Navigation Bundles Deliver GPS Joy For The Holidays


Thales Navigation's Magellan Meridian Traveler Bundles Offer All-in-One SolutionsFor On- and Off-Road Navigation

Santa Clara, CA   (November 26, 2003) Business professionals, and other urban jungle dwellers can now get turn-by-turn, audio-prompted guidance in an automobile or on foot from the same handheld GPS receivers used to help them find their way far from the roar of roadways. Thales Navigation introduces the Magellan® Meridian® Color Traveler Value Pack and the Magellan Meridian Gold Traveler Value Pack. These bundled product sets feature MapSend® DirectRouteTM software, a 64 MB SD memory card, a vehicle mounting bracket, 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter, and either the Meridian Color full-color GPS handheld, or the Meridian Gold monochrome GPS handheld.

The key to these solutions is the Magellan MapSend DirectRoute software; the first street-routing software designed specifically for recreational GPS handhelds that customers use to navigate during outdoor activities like hiking or boating. MapSend DirectRoute calculates turn-by-turn travel routes with text directions to city destinations, street addresses and thousands of points of interest in the continental United States and Canada, including restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, hotels, parks, airports, tourist attractions and more.

Users can create a route directly on their handheld wherever they are, either by moving the cursor to a destination on the map screen, by entering an address, or by searching points of interest by name. MapSend DirectRoute calculates the "shortest time" street route, and then provides visual guidance and audible prompts that notify the user of each maneuver. With access to the most current, sophisticated map data, users can upload any map area they choose up to a total of 64 MB on a memory card.

The Meridian Color is the flagship handheld of the premium, high-performance Meridian series, and features a 120 x 160 pixel, 16-color backlit display, a backlit keypad and an optional external antenna to provide boaters and recreational vehicle owners with more reliable navigation for safer travel. The Meridian Color's built-in 16 MB map database contains highways, major roads, parks, waterways, airports, cities and marine navigation aids, such as fixed and floating buoys, obstructions, wrecks, lighthouses and marinas. The Meridian Gold has a monochrome backlit display and keypad with a 16 MB database containing all except marine navigation aids.

Meridian GPS receivers provide memory expansion through industry-standard Secure Digital (SD) memory cards for downloading street maps, topography and travel data for the U.S., Canada and Europe as well as a worldwide map database. Weighing only 8-ounces, both are designed for comfort, and rugged durability with a waterproof, slip-resistant housing that floats. The 12-parallel-channel receivers offer advanced functionality and a quadrifilar helix antenna provides superior tracking of satellite signals and fast position fixes. Users can see their exact location within three meters or better on the seven user-configurable navigation screens, including a map that moves to track the user's movements. Customers can easily save up to 500 waypoints, 2000 track points, and 20 reversible routes with 30 legs to find their way back to their favorite places.

For additional information or retail locations, visit www.magellangps.com or call 800-669-4477.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services (IT&S). The Group employs 60,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide, and generated revenues of over $11 billion in 2002. For more information, visit www.thalesnavigation.com.


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