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Magellan RoadMate 700 Wins "Best Hardware" Product at RetailVision Europe 2004

Magellan RoadMate Lauded As True "Turn It On And Go" Solution For Drivers With Pre-Loaded Maps Of Western Europe

Santa Clara, Calif.   (June 19, 2004)

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Thales Navigation, global leader in navigation and positioning solutions, announced today that its popular Magellan® RoadMateTM 700 was awarded "Best Hardware" product at RetailVision Europe 2004. RetailVision Europe is the largest exhibition that brings together major European distributors and manufacturers in the new technologies sector. The event enables companies to present new products to attending distributors.

The Magellan RoadMate 700 was designated the "Best Hardware" for 2004 thanks to its10-gigabyte hard drive preloaded with maps for Western Europe, covering 17 countries. Delivering on its promise of "Turn It On and GoTM" auto navigation, card downloads from a computer are a thing of the past. The street maps are pre-loaded inside the device so that drivers can travel seamlessly all over Europe without having to worry about changing memory cards for maps of new regions. This system also offers voice guidance in real time in the six main European languages.

The Magellan RoadMate 700 incorporates an infrared connection to transfer addresses from a PDA or SmartPhoneâ and an exclusive FlexAddressä function, allowing destinations to be entered and selected easily.

For 13 years RetailVision Europe has organized the "Best of RetailVision Europe Awards," which recognize the best products of the year in eight categories. The awards are made after voting by a jury of distributors having tested eligible products.

For more detailed information regarding the Magellan RoadMate 700, please visit For further information on RetailVision Europe and the RetailVision awards, visit

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leaders in 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 is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with European headquarters in Carquefou, France,. For more information, visit

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