USA:Magellan has introduced the Magellan SmartGPS, a GPS device that integrates personal navigation with social, local and mobile content, including Yelp and Foursquare, through Magellan’s cloud-enabled Smart Ecosystem. The Magellan SmartGPS wirelessly sync the user’s navigation data, such as favorite places and contacts, with a smartphone or personal computer, and to intelligently deliver stored and dynamic location-based information to the GPS display that is personalized to the driver’s locale.
On-the-go information through Magellan’s cloud-based smart ecosystem
The Magellan SmartGPS communicates with Magellan’s custom-built Smart Ecosystem, a cloud platform for an extensive database of constantly-updating, location-relevant social media and navigation content that is automatically pushed to the SmartGPS display to create a uniquely-rich driving experience. Complementing all the core navigation features and on-board maps expected in a premium GPS device, the Magellan SmartGPS provides drivers with valuable, timely information that enables them to discover the places and services around them wherever they go and whenever they need information.
When the Magellan SmartGPS is not in Wi-Fi range, a smartphone Bluetooth connection can be used to update the SmartGPS information squares with the freshest, dynamic content using an already-established data plan. A Bluetooth connection will automatically connect the SmartGPS to the user’s smartphone each time they are in their vehicle, providing ‘always-on’ connectivity for the user’s in-car navigation experience. Users can quickly, safely and easily place a hands-free call directly from their SmartGPS when the device is paired with a compatible phone with a Bluetooth connection.
Cloud-enabled content delivery solution to connect smartphones to on-dash GPS devices
With free iOS and Android smartphone apps especially designed for the SmartGPS, the total-solution SmartGPS experience is truly mobile. Magellan connects the smartphone to the vehicle dashboard, enabling location sync and sharing, hands-free operation and data connectivity. Users can pair their Magellan SmartGPS device with compatible iOS and Android smartphones using Magellan’s free SmartGPS App.
Premium GPS Features
Magellan’s SmartGPS is engineered with a completely updated user interface on a 5-inch WVGA LCD display. A glass capacitive touch screen provides the touch and feel expected from a high-end consumer electronics device, including multi-touch actions. At the heart of the Magellan SmartGPS is a Texas Instruments Cortex A8 1 GHz processor to support the increased demand for high resolution graphics and multi-function data processing. Other essential hardware integrated in the SmartGPS includes 4GB memory to support the applications, detailed navigation maps and additional cloud content. A microUSB connector enables the SmartGPS to be connected to a personal computer or power source. A microSD card slot may be used for storing additional maps.
Peggy Fong, President of MiTAC Digital Corporation, said: “Magellan pioneered the GPS navigation industry, and in today’s socially-driven world, we recognize that consumers want and need a much more comprehensive navigation solution that surpasses what traditional GPS devices and smartphones can offer. We engineered our cloud-based Smart Ecosystem and SmartGPS device from the ground up to deliver an innovative SoLoMo experience to consumers who desire discovery, relevance and local awareness combined with navigation. Additionally, the Smart Ecosystem is architected to integrate with automotive infotainment and mobile network service platforms.”