Get Lost In Music And Not On The Road With Blaupunkt's New TravelPilot Lucca MP3

Blaupunkt TravelPilot Lucca MP3


Blaupunkt has developed the next generation in hand held mobile navigational technology with its TravelPilot Lucca MP3. Designed to sit comfortably in your hand, the Lucca MP3 combines a MP3/WMA music centre with a photo-viewer and dynamic GPS navigation providing advanced 3D viewing for precise guidance through the UK, Ireland and main European routes.

The TravelPilot Lucca MP3 and its navigation-only sibling, the TravelPilot Lucca, both have a 3.5", full colour screen and a clearly presented menu with touch-screen operation, making them extremely user friendly. Unlike some similar products, they are also ready to use straight out of the box, with no complicated set up and no need to register the product on the internet.

Navigation software is pre-loaded onto the 512MB internal flash memory and includes special points of interest such as restaurants, hotels or petrol stations, as well as permanent speed limits on major roads. There is also an integrated SD card slot so that dedicated navigation software for other European countries can be utilised. Route guidance is provided via clear spoken instructions and a 2D or 3D map display. Destinations can be entered via postcode and street name and instructions can be given directly to the house number.

The TravelPilot Lucca MP3 can play back MP3 and (non copyright protected) WMA files, which have been downloaded onto an SD card. It is also possible to download your favourite photos in jpeg-format onto an SD card to use the Lucca as a picture viewer.

Describing Blaupunkt’s first foray into hand-held GPS navigational systems, David Anderson, Blaupunkt UK Divisional Director, said: "Developing a portable system was a natural step for Blaupunkt as we have been innovating with this technology since we launched the first turn-by-turn route guidance system in 1982. With that in mind, we set out to develop the next generation in portable systems for use in everyday situations and it seemed obvious to combine the latest technology in hand held navigational systems with state-of-the-art, user friendly MP3 players and a photo-viewer."

With their sleek design and premium quality feel, the Lucca and Lucca MP3 always stand out from the crowd, while complementing any vehicle, particularly when used in tandem with the SmartCradle, which allows for hard-wiring to the vehicle.

The SmartCradle enables route guidance instructions to be heard through the vehicle’s audio system and makes sure there are no unsightly wires around the dashboard. The cradle also enables connection to the vehicle’s speed pulse signal, which ensures that GPS is never lost even when travelling through problem areas such as tunnels. It is also possible to play back MP3/WMA music files downloaded onto the SD card and listen to them through the vehicle’s audio system, even during navigation. The SmartCradle comes as standard with the TravelPilot Lucca MP3 and is a separate accessory for the TravelPilot Lucca.

The Blaupunkt TravelPilot Lucca MP3 will be available at £399.99 from December while the TravelPilot Lucca will retail at £349.99 and in shops from December.

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10 December 2005 Staff

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