Sony and TomTom join forces for in-dash car navigation systems

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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It was only a matter of time, and now Sony is about to hit the market with its own in-dash double-DIN navigation system. In order to do so the Japanese electronics company has teamed up with portable navigation mainstay TomTom, and has combined navigation with its existing line of Xplod in-dash audio/visual components.

So far the TomTom lineup consists of the XNV-660BT, which features a 6.1-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, and the XNV-770BT that boasts a 7-inch screen.

Both units include CD/DVD playback, integrated Bluetooth, rear USB 1-wire connectivity for portable devices, as well as the ability to play multi-channel audio with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Both infotainment systems get TomTom's map database of Canadian and U.S. road systems as standard, with a free year of map upgrades in addition to TomTom features such as Advanced Lane Guidance, IQ Routes, MapShare and Quick GPSfix, plus more than six million points of interest.

In addition to the touchscreen display, both systems get regular buttons for volume, plus key menu switchgear. The user interface features large, easy-touch buttons, while the screen shows song metadata and artwork when connected to a device through USB or Bluetooth audio.

The two Sony infotainment units arrive on the U.S. market in November for about $1,000 USD for the XNV-660BT and $1,300 for the XNV-770BT. Canadian availability and pricing is not yet announced.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Audio-Video Equipment, TomTom, Sony,

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