IFA 2006: Daewoo announce new sat-nav systems

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Daewoo have announced that three new satellite navigation systems will be available in Europe soon.

The DPN-3500 has a 3.5-inch LCD display and the DPN-5600 has a 5.6-inch display, and both sound to be fairly standard portable sat-nav devices. Daewoo seem to be targeting cyclists and walkers, which is interesting as reports I’ve read suggest that this type of system isn’t hugely reliable because of issues with the transmitter.

The third sat-nav device, the ANK-6160, also boasts a Digital Multimedia Broadcast (DMB) receiver which is supposed to allow you to receive audio and video data such as radio/TV programmes and service information. However, at present the DMB system is not fully operational across Europe, letalone having the services on it, so it could be that this unit doesn’t do much more that navigate you, particularly in the UK.

It will be interesting to see how reliable and feature-laden these devices are when they’re released, presumably soon though no official word on a date or prices yet. As usual, we’ll keep you posted.

Andy Merrett