Two sat nav units on the market from Clarion – the MAP680 and MAP780 – both of which map buildings, landmarks and elevation changes in 3D.
Both the MAP780 (Europe) and MAP680 (UK & Ireland) use two separate high-performance programmes to draw buildings in the foreground and background. Buildings close to the driver appear see-through as you approach them, so as not to obstruct the view of the next junction, whilst buildings further away are textured and solid, making them lifelike and easily recognisable as reference points while driving. Lanes are also rendered in 3D, with the one needed highlighted.
The units are also Bluetooth-friendly for hands-free calling or music playback from your phone, as well as featuring their own media player, an MMC/SD slot and USB connectivity. The MAP780 and MAP680 are priced at £269 and £229 respectively.