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Give Direction to Dads & Grads on the Move with Magellan GPS Navigation Gear

Santa Clara, CA   (April 08, 2004) For dads and graduates, getting where they want to go in life often means setting the right course and steering clear of wrong turns. Whether they're on the road to success or simply searching for fun along the way, there's a Magellan® personal navigation product to make getting there a whole lot easier, faster and more fun. Thales Navigation, maker of Magellan GPS handheld and vehicle navigation products, has the must-have guidance gear to enhance life's journeys in career, family and adventure.

Magellan RoadMateTM 500 Plus - Every dad and grad will love having this portable vehicle navigation solution to guide them turn-by-turn. It even goes from car-to-car so anyone in the family can share the benefits of this best-selling, easy-to-use device. The Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus offers twice the memory provided by competitive products with a 256-megabyte compact flash card for storing volumes of user-selected maps from the supplied mapping software. Its voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions, a color touch-screen and extensive U.S. map detail put drivers in control with proven technology used in the Hertz® NeverLost® System. Plus the system is expandable so customers can add new functionality as upgrade options become available. Drivers gain fast access to directions to nearly any address in the continental United States and much of Canada, including points-of-interest such as ATMs, hotels, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, and many other businesses. Missed a turn? No problem. The system recalculates routes and even allows users to exclude roads they don't want to travel. The Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus also features a built-in tutorial and intuitive configuration that makes it easy to operate from the start. (SRP $999)

Meridian® Color Traveler - For the dad or grad who's going places - both on the road and off - the Magellan Meridian Traveler Bundle offers an all-in-one solution. For the first time, the same rugged, waterproof handheld receiver that can guide users through the outdoors, over mountains or back to shore now offers guidance on the road with turn-by-turn directions. This boxed set features the Meridian Color GPS handheld, MapSend ® DirectRouteTM software, a 64 MB SD memory card, a PC cable, a vehicle mounting bracket, and a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter. The high-performance Meridian Color features a 120 x 160 pixel, 16-color backlit display and backlit keypad, along with a built-in 16 MB map database that contains highways, major roads, parks, waterways, airports, cities and marine navigation aids. The MapSend DirectRoute street-routing software transforms this outdoor guide into a street navigation device by providing turn-by-turn routes and text directions to cities, street addresses and thousands of points of interest from 35 categories, including restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, hotels, parks, airports, tourist attractions and more- from wherever you are, in any vehicle. (SRP $499.99)

SporTrak® Color - This sleek, high-tech powerhouse is the only handheld GPS to combine a vibrant, sunlight-viewable color display, built in maps and a three-axis electronic compass for easier navigation. Ideal for dads and grads who crave outdoor adventure, the Magellan SporTrak Color is as stylish as it is functional. It is rugged, waterproof and floatable, yet its design is sleek, lightweight and compact. The 16-color, backlit, high-resolution display (1/8 VGA 240 x 160 pixel) is crystal clear for optimal visibility - day or night. The three-axis electronic compass assures accurate orientation in any position, whether running, hiking or standing still. The Magellan SporTrak Color features 32 MB of memory, with a 9MB built-in database containing highways, interstates, major roads, waterways, parks, airports and marine navigation aids to help dads and grads get where they're going for summer fun, and more. (SRP $349)

SporTrak - The Magellan SporTrak is the ideal GPS device to get dads and grads moving in the right direction. Whatever their destination, they'll feel more secure and enjoy themselves more when they know exactly where they're going - in a new college town, on a summer vacation, or while out for a hike or a day on the water. Lightweight at just 6.1 ounces, the pocket-sized, WAAS-enabled receiver delivers positioning accuracy within three meters and handles the toughest terrain with its rubber-armored, impact-resistance plastic case that's waterproof and floats. It even has a range of accessories and mounts for a car, bike, or ATV. (SRP $169.99)

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, an international electronics and systems group, serving defense, aerospace and security markets. The group employs 62,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of 10.6 billion in 2003. For more information, visit

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