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New Magellan® RoadMateTM 360: Affordably Priced, Full-Featured Vehicle Navigation Offers Preloaded Maps


Built-in Street Maps for All 50 States, Canada and Puerto Rico Provide Easy, Out-of-the-Box Routing

Santa Clara, CA   (September 12, 2005) Thales Navigation, makers of Hertz® NeverLost® and global provider of Magellan consumer GPS products, announced today the Magellan RoadMate 360, the best value in a portable vehicle navigation system and the ideal solution for mobile professionals and cost-conscious travelers. At only $699 US, the color-touch-screen Magellan RoadMate 360 delivers a full set of navigation features, including preloaded, full-coverage detailed street maps with no need for PC configuration to gain door-to-door guidance in Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Drivers also gain the same intuitive user interface, derived from the Hertz NeverLost system, which has made the flagship Magellan RoadMate 700 the leading portable auto navigation product in the United States.

"The Magellan RoadMate 360 delivers the full set of features -- usually found only on more expensive devices -- for today's consumers who are seeking to enhance their driving experience," said Raj Mitra, senior director of Thales' Magellan consumer products business. "With the introduction of the Magellan RoadMate 360, we're excited to offer customers the true Turn it on and go!TM ease of use that built-in full map coverage provides, and at a much more affordable price than previously available on the market."

The Magellan RoadMate 360 also integrates the most up-to-date NAVTEQ maps to provide reliable and accurate information as it guides drivers to their destination. Clearly audible turn-by-turn voice prompts are delivered through a high-quality integrated speaker to help guide the driver with maximum convenience. The 3.5-inch, high-resolution daylight visible TFT color touch screen shows the driver's progress on a moving map, along with text directions and visual prompts, including a 3-D graphic of upcoming turns. The touch screen and an intuitive backlit keypad give drivers direct access to menu options. The optimized QuickSpell® keyboard and new Autofill feature provide faster and easier address input. Other features include:

Reliable, Accurate GPS Guidance - The integrated GPS antenna and WAAS-enabled, 14-channel GPS receiver provide fast, reliable GPS signal reception and extreme positioning precision within as little as 3 meters.

Multiple-Destination Routing - Drivers can create routes with multiple destinations instead of routing to one place at a time. Create and store up to 20 trips with up to 20 destinations each.

View and Route to Points of Interest from Map Screen - Drivers can choose to see points of interest (POI) icons along their route on the map screen for restaurants, gas stations and more than 30 other categories. Drivers can also route to a POI by touching the icon on the screen.

Record Travel Paths and Retrieve Trip Data - Users can record their travel paths to playback on the Magellan RoadMate 360 or use the system's trip computer to track mileage, travel time and other useful trip statistics.

Flexible Options for Destination and Routing Selection - Drivers can select their destination by intersection, street address, previous destination, any point on the map screen or a point of interest from the built-in database of nearly two million restaurants, hotels, ATMs, tourist attractions and more. Users can also route to a destination from the address book, which stores hundreds of personal addresses. For added convenience, drivers can choose a route based on the shortest amount of time or the least or most use of freeways, and can choose to avoid toll roads or exclude entire segments of a route to avoid traffic or road construction, for example. Like all Magellan RoadMate systems, it automatically recalculates the route if the driver misses a turn.

The Magellan RoadMate 360 ships with everything drivers need for convenient, out-of-the-box routing and car-to-car portability without professional installation, including: a windshield mount, 12V cigarette lighter adapter and AC adapter for entering address information when not in the vehicle. Optional Magellan RoadMate accessories include a carrying case, protective pouch and more. Additional information on the complete line of Magellan RoadMate products is available at http://www.magellangps.com.

About Thales' navigation business
Thales' navigation business unit develops and manufactures world leading positioning, navigation and guidance equipment. It 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. 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 business unit is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has worldwide operations. For more information, visit http://www.thalesgroup.com/navigation.


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