Sydney: Navman, the New Zealand based manufacturer of marine electronics and GPS technology, will offer monthly map updates on its portable in-car GPS units in Australia and New Zealand. The new map data added each month will include new roads, and roads under construction, junctions, safety alerts, and new point of interests including sporting venues, hospitals and airports.
The company claims that the new feature called “Rapid Map Refresh” is a “world first” in the portable navigation device (PND) category. It will come standard on Navman”s new MY450LMT model, and will be an optional extra on the cheaper MY400LMT and EZY250LM units. The new in-car GPS devices are now available in both Australia and New Zealand. The monthly map updates available on the MY450LMT are “verified and validated” on an automatic basis. Navman”s global mapping partner, HERE, says it recorded 42,000 kilometres of new roads, 7500 street name changes, 10,000 turn restrictions, 1800 new one-way streets, and 1800 new road direction signs in the yearly Australian map update from 2012 to 2013 alone. Rapid Map Refresh feature still requires users to connect their GPS device to a PC, but Navman says it is looking at ways to improve the update process.