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Don’t throw out your road atlas

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The days of paper maps may not be numbered after all as one in five motorists say their satellite navigation system has been taking them the wrong way.

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More than a third of users said satnavs caused them uncertainty or confusion, with 11% reckoning they led to lost concentration, a survey of more than 2,000 people by Direct Line insurance found.

26% of satnav users said the system had tried to make them go through a no-entry sign or somewhere vehicles were prohibited.

21% had been taken to the wrong place, while 19% said it caused them to dawdle or hesitate on a busy road.

18% said satnavs had reduced their awareness of what was going on around them, while 10% had made a dangerous, late or illegal turn.

7% said satnavs had caused them to be late because of an unrealistically short journey time.

3% said satnavs caused them to break road rules, while 2% said they had led to an accident or a near-miss.

Maggie Game, head of motor insurance for Direct Line, said: ‘Motorists need to realise that while satnavs are a helpful navigation tool, drivers should not follow their instructions to the detriment of road safety.

‘If a satnav system gives you an instruction which is likely to endanger other road users, you should ignore it,’ she said.

‘Satnavs are designed to make driving easier and safer. However, they will only do this if you take the time to learn how to properly use a system and understand the benefits of the technology.’

Katie Shephard, head of corporate liaison at road safety charity Brake, said: ‘We have some very serious concerns about satnavs which give on-screen instructions or pictures for the driver to follow. This is because there is a danger that the driver will concentrate on looking at the satnav rather than the road.’

“I’d urge anyone considering buying a satnav to consider if they can use it and still be safe on the road,” she said.

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July 21st, 2008

New AVIC-X3 Sat Nav System from Pioneer

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Change the way you and your passengers experience a car journey, with our newest GPS and entertainment system, the AVIC-X3.

Due for European release in September, the X3 lets you find pinpoint-accurate directions, avoid the traffic jams, find a local hotel or parking space; even whilst your passengers are enjoying a DVD in the rear. The AVIC-X3 is your comprehensive journey partner.

Pioneer navigation system

Pinpoint-accurate guidance, fast route calculation
You’ll get precision route planning and guidance; the X3 is a multi-sensor navigator. It combines GPS signals, with information from a 3-D gyroscope and your car speedpulse information.

This means that the system always knows where you are. Even in tunnels or in high-rise cities, where there’s a limited GPS signal. The system is quick on start-up, too; there’s almost no waiting time before it begins guiding you to your destination.
The X3 knows what’s around too. It has over 1.5 million points of interest so you just need to touch the display to locate the nearest hotel, restaurant or filling station.
The X3 will warn you about any traffic jams ahead (it has a built-in Traffic Messaging Channel Receiver), and give you alternative route suggestions to make your journey easier and safer.
Full, dual-zone entertainment and communications system
The X3 will play your entire CD and DVD collection; including compressed tunes (MP3, WMA, AAC) or video (DivX) stored on CD-R or DVD-R. So you and your passengers will never be short of entertainment. You also have full control of the DVD playback by simply touching the screen.

The X3 is dual-zone, which means that your passengers can watch a movie or play a video game on optional rear-seat screens at the same time that you are using the navigation system and listening to the radio up-front.

You can easily hook up your iPod too (audio and video versions), using an optional cable.
Another optional auxiliary connection enables you to link other portable music players, or other video devices such as camcorders games consoles.
You can also go wireless, using an optional Bluetooth adapter, which gives you hands-free phone control, as well as enables music to be streamed wirelessly from compatible players and mobile phones.
You also have the option of adding a reversing camera; useful in helping when reversing.
Easy operation for safer driving
It has a large, bright anti-glare 7-inch touch-screen, which slides out of the dashboard. This makes all your entertainment and navigation content easy to control and view, so that you can keep focused on a safe, entertaining journey.

Seamless integration
And finally, the X3 fits seamlessly into your car; it’s the size of a standard car stereo slot. You can even customise the button and on-screen menu colours, to tailor the system look to your taste.

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News from Pioneer website.

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October 1st, 2007