Following on from the recent launch of its NV-U81T and NV-U80 nav-u devices, Sony has launched another sat nav system – the NV-U51 nav-u, which promises one touch navigation just by dragging your finger across the screen.
The NV-U51’s ‘Gesture Command’ allows you to sketch a line or shape on the screen’s map with your finger – that’s all the sat nav box needs to plot a route. Sony claims this makes driving safer, because less concentration is needed to plot a route. I’d argue that perhaps you should park up whilst you’re planning your journey. The one touch system also gives you easy access to functions such as ‘go home’ or ‘nearest petrol station’ too.
Along with route planning, the NV-U51 features points of interest, even in 3D mode, so they’re easier to spot. There’s also a high-brightness 3.5 inch screen with an anti-glare coating, a new mount system with better adhesive, one month’s free subscription to Speed Camera locations and the update service, a new generation SiRFstarIII GPS chipset, 512MB memory with single region mapping data and low power consumption for up to six hours life from a single charge.
Available from December 2006, no price confirmed as yet.