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VE Touch Screen Sat-Nav System

myberlina

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Hey guys.

Scouring the internet late at night as one does and I come across this. Dunno how but it has got me interested. It's something I have been looking to do with the calais for a while now. Definitely want it but don't know how much it costs yet. The website doesn't say much other than what is pasted below.

What is everyone's thoughts? Waste of money or good idea?

Read below or follow the direct link to the ad.

As posted on internet site...
VE Commodore full integration navigation system is powered by HiTV NaviPlus, the most versatile GPS navigation system in Australia. The new fully integrated navigation system offers complete TOUCH CONTROL capability to factory installed system. Supported models include Commodore special vehicle HSV, Statesman, Calais, Calais V, SSV, Caprice. HiTV NaviPlus allows button controlled navigation become a reality in Commodore for the first time in Australia.

HiTV Communications has designed & developed Australia’s first fully integrated, TOUCH controlled GPS navigation system for VE Commodore, with world leading mapping and navigation software solutions for both on-road and off-road functions..
Features
1 Factory TOUCH controlled navigation.
2 Voice guidance through factory speakers.
3 On-road and off-road mapping (optional).
4 Brilliant 2D/3D map display.
5 High resolution RGB display.
6 Automatic volume fading for voice guidance.
7 Interactive POI search.

Specification
1. Processor: samsung 2440 ARM9 400 Mhz
2. AV out: 480 x RGB x 234
3. OS: WinCE 5.0 English version
4. GPS antenna: SMA active antenna
5. GPS engine: 44 channels/-159 dBm
6. Memory on board: NAND flash memory 32MB x1 SERAM 64MB
7. IO:
a. RCA AV Jack
b. SD socket (up to 4GB)
c. SMA female cable
d. Wafer type power DC connector
e. IR receiver 38K on board and 2.4G RF transceiver
f. Min DIM 9 pin for RGBS
g. MIni DIM 8P for external touch pad data control
h. Type A USB 1.1/2.0 full speed x 1
i. Optional 6 pins PS2 connector for TMC/Debug/GPS location output
j. 2.4 RF antenna
k. Speaker out
8. Power supply: 10V~30V
9. Map: On-road navigation Horizon (Navteq)
Off-road navigation Hema Maps (optional)
10. LED: For power indicator

The company that sells this product:
AUSTRALIAN CAR KIT SPECIALISTS - SYDNEY
Princess Highway, Kogarah, NSW 2217
p: 0422400714
Australian Car Kits Specialists
 

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i would look at getting the gps installed in my ve ssv, for a reasonable price, unlike the 3500 holden wants
 

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Cheaper to buy a Garmin, Navman and stick it on the dash. Same results.
 

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There was a similar post on this forum a few months ago. Scroll down you should find it because it had a Youtube Vid on how to operate it. At the time I looked into it and got a few prices. Supplied and installed the prices ranged from $1300 to $1850. Nice to have but I still can't come at spending the $$$. My Garmin works well, and best of all I can take it with me when hiring a car interstate, which is the work that my GPS mostly gets.
 

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Yeah there have been a few topics in the past about the navigation part. Haven't noticed anything specifically on the topic of the touch screen variant thou. Then again I haven't been around much on the forums these days with all this other **** going on at home.

Thought this was more interesting to look at seeing as it is the first time I have seen someone proclaim to have made an actual touch screen interface for the LCD screen models. Better than farting around with the menu knob to select letters and numbers sort of thing.
 

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Cheaper to buy a Garmin, Navman and stick it on the dash. Same results.
That is true but I sometimes hate seeing anything up that high on the dash. Also the navmans (which I currently use) have to be removed otherwise you get some ******** breaking into your car for it. :bang: Someone has already attempted to break into the calais for it out the front of my house.

Another reason I don't like them on the dashboard area is the sun glare. Makes the display harder to read.

At night time I find the navman to be rather distracting. Even on the lowest backlight setting it blinds me and on my recent trip to Sydney I had no choice but to remove it from the windscreen completely. Would rather get lost somewhere than smash head on into a B-Double from Sydney! ;)
 

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i would look at getting the gps installed in my ve ssv, for a reasonable price, unlike the 3500 holden wants
Holden's price is way over the top for what it is in my opinion. Still have to use knobs and scroll wheels to operate the thing.

I still can't believe they didn't make it a touch screen interface in the first place. Touch screens are no longer all that expensive to make.
 

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has anyone tried it yet??? i wanna know wat other features it has...
 

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i got the touch screen gps installed on my SSV, along with a DVD player using the same screen

all i can say is its very sweet :)

total cost including installation and video-in-motion plug was $2800. Not cheap but still better than the $3.5k that holden charge
 
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