Auto Expos are great place to find latest automobile gadgets and of course cars. Delhi is currently having an Auto Expo 2012 with lots of new and upcoming car technologies but what drew my attention was MapMyIndia's latest offering - the In-Dash Android GPS navigation system with Live TV & internet support.
MapMyIndia is surely the best company to provide navigation products in India. We have covered many of MapMyIndia products in the past here. MapMyIndia was also the first company to launch India based GPS navigation system.
The latest offering from MapMyIndia is an android based In-Dash GPS navigation system with full 3D maps and internet connectivity. Some of the features of this Android based In-Dash navigation system includes large touch screen, live television in the car, DVD player, iPod connectivity, USB and SD card support for movies and music, Aux-in and AV-in for connecting other audio and video sources, Bluetooth for hands-free calling, AV-in for reverse camera support, Steering Wheel Controls, AV-out to connect to rear-seat or roof-mounted monitors and built in FM radio player.
I happened to read the press release of this launch and was really impressed by all these features. Some of the things are still unknown though. The press release says "Live TV in the car" but how to get that Live TV? Do you have to pay any monthly subscription to get Live TV? It also says "Internet Connectivity".. so does it have a 3G capabilities or have built in Wi-Fi?
Nonetheless, this is a really great product that can add high tech features to any cars in India. You don't have to spend lakhs of Rs. in those high-end luxurious cars to get internet connectivity for your car.
Updates: I had a chance to talk to Ms. Swati from MapMyIndia Corporate Communication and she had cleared out the above questions I had for the product.
- The product does have built in Wi-Fi and also has a 3G capabilities
- This Android based In-Dash navigation supports full fledge browser including support for Flash so you can actually watch youtube videos, stream videos from the web etc.
- This In-Dash navigator will cost you money though. The product price will range between 30,000 Rs. to 40,000 Rs.
- If you want to use this In-Dash navigation software outside India, you can do that with Garmin's Map data.
Considering the feature set of this In-Dash navigation, it is one of its kind in the current market. I haven't seen any such In-Dash navigation system out there. So there is a huge market for MapMyIndia. I would surely love to check out this product once it hits the market in March 2012.