units aren't the hot commodity that they once were. But that's not saying that companies are halting the innovation behind them. Magellan's a good example of that; this week they introduced quite the unique accessory for a solo PND, with the RoadMate Safety series GPS units gaining compatibility with a new wireless back-up camera.
Combining this camera with a Safety Series GPS navigator expands Magellan's focus on safety and security to the full time you are in your car. It starts when the Back-Up Camera helps you safely reverse out of your driveway, continues through your commute with premium GPS navigation features, and does not end until the Back-Up Camera helps you park the car without damage or stress and you finally shut off the ignition.
The Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera attaches to the vehicle's rear license plate and transmits images directly to the expansive 7" high resolution screen of a RoadMate 1700 or RoadMate 9055 GPS device. When the car is put into reverse, the GPS navigator will switch from map to rear-view mode, enabling drivers to view what is below the rear window.
The Back-Up Camera is both dustproof and waterproof to IP67 standard, and features a wide-angle viewing lens that provides a 120-degree viewing area behind the vehicle. The transmitter, which sits in the car's trunk, is also water resistant (to IPX4 standard). With a 45-foot range and a 45 degree camera vertical adjustment, the transmitter is adaptable for most vehicles, SUVs and RVs.
It is available at Amazon.com and automotive specialty shops, and retails at a MSRP of $149.99. Sounds like a lot, but then again, so does hitting a tree while you're backing out of a weird parking spot…