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Three New Magellan® RoadMateTM Portable Vehicle Navigation Devices Deliver Simplicity, Style and Substance


Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T Designed for a Better Navigation Experience, Plus Extras: Hands-Free Bluetooth Calling, Real-Time Traffic, Photo Viewer, MP3 Player and More

Santa Clara, CA   (April 03, 2006) Thales' navigation business, creators of the Hertz® NeverLost® and a leading global innovator of outdoor and vehicle navigation solutions, announced today three new portable vehicle navigation devices, the Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T. The products introduce a new intelligent design that's compact, stylish, and even easier to use than previous solutions. They also deliver a better navigation experience by combining the award-winning Magellan user interface with the advanced speed and accuracy of Magellan NavEngineTM routing technology, an Intel XScale® processor and real-time traffic information from NAVTEQ. The Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T cater to drivers' needs for out-of-the-box routing, traffic avoidance, multi-media functions and features that simplify driving while eliminating the frustration, waste of time and fear of getting lost.

The Magellan RoadMate 6000T is the first in the Magellan line to deliver the convenience of hands-free calling with Bluetooth enabled phones. It also includes a built-in real-time traffic receiver, a photo viewer and can simultaneously receive turn-by-turn route guidance while enjoying MP3 and WMA music files from an SD or MMC memory card. The Magellan RoadMate 6000T also delivers SayWhereTM text-to-speech guidance that speaks the name of the road for upcoming maneuvers. The product's integrated battery allows drivers to operate the device without its cigarette lighter adapter, in or away from the car, whether enjoying music, inputting addresses or accessing the database of more than six million points of interest for phone numbers and locations of shops, entertainment, restaurants and other businesses.

"More consumers are turning to Magellan GPS devices to provide the safety and security of a hassle-free navigation experience, either in their home city or during their travels," said Christian Bubenheim, general manager of Thales' consumer business. "The Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T not only deliver elegance, but also robust technologies that make car navigation more useful."

In addition to providing SmartDetourTM, a free, integrated feature that gives drivers the option to route around freeway traffic, Thales has teamed with NAVTEQ to provide North American customers with real-time traffic service for major metropolitan areas. The subscription-based service delivers live updates on road construction, accidents, and other incidents that restrict the flow of traffic. The Magellan RoadMate provides traffic alerts and automatically re-routes the driver when a faster route is available.

The small (5in x 4in x 1.5in), lightweight Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T can easily be moved from car to car or packed in a suitcase. The 3.5 inch, color touch screen and buttons provide fast, one-touch access to key features, while nationwide street maps preloaded on the built-in hard drive deliver Turn it on and go!TM, door-to-door guidance anywhere in North America. QuickSpellTM technology and the simple, intuitive user interface allow drivers to easily select their destination and get on the road quickly while seeing their progress in a 2-D or 3-D bird's eye view of the moving map. Each device has an integrated battery, photo viewer, music player, and several useful features, like multi-destination routing and route optimization - ideal for drivers who travel to several destinations in a single day.

The Magellan RoadMate 3000T will be available in April for US $599. The TrafficKit accessory for the 3000T will be available in June for US $149, and will include 15 months of service. The Magellan RoadMate 3050T will be available in June for US $649, and will include the TrafficKit accessory along with three months of service. Available in July, at a price to be announced, the Magellan RoadMate 6000T, with its integrated traffic receiver, will include three months of service.

For more information on Magellan RoadMate vehicle navigation products, or to learn about Magellan handheld GPS receivers, software and accessories, visit www.magellanGPS.com.

About Thales' navigation business
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group serving defense, aerospace, security and services markets. The Group employs 60,000 people throughout the world and generated revenues of 10.2 billion Euros in 2005.

Thales' navigation business is a global innovator of navigation and positioning solutions. The company markets its Magellan brand GPS products in vehicle navigation and outdoor markets, and its professional GPS and GNSS solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets that include consumer electronics, automotive navigation and high-precision applications. Also, through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system.

Thales' navigation business is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France. For more information, visit www.thalesgroup.com/navigation.


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