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Mio C523 V2: New Motorcycle GPS

15
April
2009
  Posted at 08:34:00 AM
  File under  Gadgets GPS
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

A few years ago, there were no dedicated GPSs for motorcycle riders, though if there's one group of people who need one, it's bikers. Then Garmin, followed by TomTom, came out with a dedicated motorcycle GPS. Now, almost every self-respecting GPS manufacturer has one, or is getting one ready. The manufacturers are waking up to the fact that motorcycle riders have a) money and b) a special need.

Mio Open link in a new window is no exception. Produced by Mitac Open link in a new window (the folks who have recently purchased Magellan Consumer Product Division), the new GPS, named Mio C523 V2 (the car version is called C523, the motorcycle version has the V2 added to its name), is to be released today (15 April) in the land of the rising sun (Japan).

Mio c523v2 GPS in ridermode

The Mio GPS has some new features that others don't have. "Rider mode" allows for multiple intersections to be viewed on the screen. You can in one glance see the directions you need to take.

On the down side, the GPS also features a digital TV reception, the last thing you'd want on a motorcycle GPS. Whatever made them make a GPS that's showing a TV program......?

mio-c523v2 GPS

The unit has a 2 Gbyte internal memory, a 4.3 inch touch screen. The operating system is good old Microsoft Windows CE.

It's going to cost about US$448.

Not much other info is known yet... waterproof? Glove operating friendly ?

Via: Engadget



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