I had a navigation system in my last car and used it all the time, it made it so easy to get anywhere I hadn’t been before. My current car doesn’t have a navigation system and I really miss it, so I’m very interested to hear about a new gadget from Pioneer: the Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System.
The Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System seems to have it all: a 6.5″ LCD touchscreen, XM satellite radio access, DVD/CD/MP3 player, and 4x50w output.
If that isn’t enough for you the Pioneer AVIC-N2 Navigation System also supports XM Radio’s NAVTEQ traffic system that warns you of traffic holdups (in 20 major cities), although it’s not clear if it automatically suggests an alternate route around holdups.
One downside to this device is that it only has 7.5mb of flash memory for caching driving/mapping information, which limits driving directions if you are listening to a CD/DVD instead of having the mapping DVD in the unit. Come on Pioneer, if I can buy a 1GB CompactFlash card for well under $100 you can put a bit more memory (or even replace the DVD with a 5GB microdrive) in your $2000+ navigation unit.