Digital map maker, MapIT, is proud to announce that Toyota has approved Map & Travel Navigator for Pocket PC as an official Toyota accessory. This opens the doors to every Toyota driver to enjoy full-service navigation on a personal digital assistant (PDA). This totally mobile navigation tool uses MapIT digital maps and Europe's leading software in this field, from Map and Guide to maximise the leading technology. For the convenience of its customers, Toyota has also approved the Mio Digiwalker with built-in GPS as its recommended PDA, in combination with the Map & Travel software, for complete navigation.
MapIT MD, Ray Wilkinson, was pleased to announce that Toyota had successfully acquired Map & Travel Navigator as an approved Toyota accessory towards the end of 2004. "In response to the high demand for reliable and accurate navigation, MapIT has provided a pocket PC-based navigation solution. Mounted in a car in a removable device, or handheld if you are on foot, this GPS-supported software turns your pocket PC into a mobile navigation system. The association with Toyota is a landmark event for digital mapping in South Africa and marks a certain coming-of-age for MapIT," states Wilkinson.
The Map & Travel software is supplied on a secure digital (SD) card and this software can be ordered in isolation, where a person is already in possession of a pocket PC.
On-board navigation made easy via secure digital software
The easy-to-load software (loading in minutes from the SD card) gives exact position determination via GPS and once routing has started, offers voice guidance and on-screen navigation in full colour. Using SA's most up-to-date e-mapping from MapIT, it is supported by the best navigation technology from European leaders Map & Guide (Germany).
The product integrates route planning down to street and address level. It also allows route planning from your own list of addresses via the MS Outlook contacts functionality.
Once the device has been turned on, the user chooses Map & Travel Navigator from the menu by tapping on the screen with a stylus, allowing the GPS to locate the geographical position. The Mio has a built-in GPS that folds out from the back of the unit, alleviating the need for a separate bluetooth/cable unit.
Users then choose vehicle optimisation criteria eg, fast/slow car or pedestrian and their route according to distance, time or most economical course. Navigation starts after entering the location and street name.
Stop-off points can be plotted and points of interest such as shopping centres, schools and airports are standard features.
The two different screen display options (map or junction view) make the visual aspect of the product user friendly and intuitive.
As one of South Africa's best loved brands, Toyota in association with MapIT, will get South Africans from A to B much more accurately than ever before.