Sanyo Brings Easy Street GPS Units to U.S.

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Sanyo Electric has announced its NVM-4050 and NVM-4070 touchscreen-based GPS devices are now available in the United States. The new units add a mid-range product and a high-end GPS system to Sanyo’s Easy Street GPS line, which previous only boasted the entry-level NVM-4030.

"With over twelve years of experience, SANYO is an established leader in Japan’s portable navigation market, and the company is now rapidly advancing with products designed specifically for American consumers," said John Lamb, Sanyo Audio Video Division’s Senior Marketing Manager, in a release. "The NVM-4070 and NVM-4050 Easy Street systems provide highly-desirable feature sets and exceptional ease-of-use that will appeal to diehard road warriors and casual travelers alike."

The NVM04070 features a 4-inch, 16:9 LCD touchscreen, an SD card slot for loading data and media, with pre-installed makes of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with more than 1.8 million points of interest. The unit can also tap into data from the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) for real-time information on road conditions; TMC service is free to 90 days, with continued access available via an optional subscription. The 4070 is also loaded with convenience features, like voice navigation, an auto re-route feature in the case of missed turns or other troubles, Bluetooth handsfree calling, one-touch dialing from a database of more than 400 numbers, and playback of MWMA and and MP3 music even while the unit is being used for navigation. And, although this certainly isn’t recommended while driving, the unit can even play back MPEG-4 video and display JPEG images. Users can also use the unit’s built-in FM transmitter to push music from SD cards to a car sound system. The NVM-4070 should carry a retail price of $499.99.

The NVM-4050 features the same 4-inch 16:9 LCD display, but drops TCM capability, FM transmitter, auto re-route function, and JPEG/video display features. The 4050 carries a suggested retail price of $399.99.

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