The iWAY is a 1-inch thin GPS navigator with built-in lithium ion battery and charger, as well as a 2GB MMC/SD flash card preloaded with map data for the U.S. and Canada so you can take the device out of the car, put it in another one or use it as you walk around the city. Other features include white LED backlighting, 12-channel GPS receiver with flip-up antenna, internal speaker, 12 text display and seven voice-direction languages, 2-D and 3-D map display choices, MP3 player and JPEG viewer. Available now for $349. www.lowrance.com/iway
Audrey Gray talks to Gordon Sprouse of Lowrance Electronics about GPS.
With more than 18 percent of drivers requiring directions more than 20 percent of the time, the market is wide open for portable electronic navigation solutions. The question is, who will dominate the field? According to a new study from Strategy Analytics, cell phones are expected to offer capabilities similar to that of navigation products from TomTom, Garmin, Magellan and Lowrance in the near future. Prices for these items are expected to drop accordingly. The study points out that cell phone and automotive companies are in a position to provide solutions that go beyond navigation for the larger portion of
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