Sunday, March 18, 2012

Navigon 2100 max and FreshMaps

Navigon_2100_max

UPDATE: Read our Navigon 2100 max review

The Navigon 2100 max is being announced at CeBIT today. This update of the the Navigon 2100 offers a wider 4.3" screen, and DirectHelpTM, seen above, which pinpoints the user’s location and that of emergency services. Like the 2100, the "max" includes Reality ViewTM at complex interchanges, text-to-speech, and multi-destination routing. The 2100 max will include maps of the continental U.S. and will retail for $299. The 2120 max will be available in Canada for $329 CAD and will feature both U.S. and Canadian maps. The units are expected to hit store shelves in late March or early April.

Navigon is also announcing FreshMaps, which allows users to download up to 12 NAVTEQ-based map updates in three years. FreshMaps will cost $79.99 and will be available for all Navigon 2100, 5100 and 7100 series models as of April 2008.

This is an innovative approach to providing map updates and I commend Navigon for making it easier to keep the maps on their devices current. We’re also beginning to see an interesting business strategy that allows Navigon to sell units at a relatively low cost but offer several attractive add-ons. Note that the following are available for the 2100 series:

  • FreshMaps – $79.99
  • Lifetime traffic $99.99
  • Zagat ratings and reviews – $39.99

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