Citroen is now offering its latest sophisticated telematics system, with voice-activated radio/telephone/satellite navigation, a special function for reading back incoming text messages, and dedicated buttons for dialling up the emergency or recovery services, as an option to buyers of selected C2 and C3 superminis, as well as certain C5 and C8 models.
The NaviDrive system is effectively a radio, CD player, telephone, modem and satellite navigation system all in one unit. Offering all the benefits of a top-of-the-range system, such as high quality sound reproduction, a 6CD Autochanger and colour satellite navigation, this £1,650 option also helps to make driving a safer experience.
Thanks to its clever voice-activation technology it is possible for drivers to select a favourite radio station, navigate a pre-programmed driving route, or call up a pre-set telephone number, whilst keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. And with the user’s SIM card slotted into the system it will even read back text messages, all of which will help as the laws on in-car mobile phone use are tightened.
For added peace-of-mind the system features two special controls: a ‘Citroen button’ that, if pressed with the SIM card inserted, allows the driver to contact Citroen’s recovery service, wherever they are in the UK or Europe, and a red ‘SOS button’ that puts the driver directly in touch with the local emergency services of the country in which they are travelling.
And in the future, Citroen’s NaviDrive may be able to offer an even wider range of services. Link ups to video consoles, camcorders and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are all possible, while in the event of a crash where the airbags deploy an emergency text message could be transmitted to the local emergency services, literally proving to be a lifesaver.Published 11 October 2003