Pioneer Launches GPS Device for Bicycles

Posted on 27 October 2011

Pioneer, the huge Japanese consumer electronics company, has already carved a name for itself in the history of navigation systems having come up with the world’s first car in-dash GPS that features live augmented reality navigation, just less than a year ago.

Pioneer is launching yet another GPS system, although this time around one that is designed for bicycles. The Potternavi GPS system, which was announced only yesterday, features a 2.4-inch VGA-resolution (240 x 320) colour LCD screen that displays not just your map and directions, but also important cycling information such as your speed, route taken, and even calories burned. Aside from doubling as a cycle computer offering the above mentioned features, the Potternavi GPS system can also be used to search for locations of restaurants, stores, and other important landmarks.

Potternavi also comes with a built-in 3G modem that will allow Japanese bikers to take advantage of Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo’s service for free for the first 2 years in order to access relevant information such as weather data and safety alerts. No news yet as to which carriers in the UK will carry the Potternavi.

Other notable features of the Potternavi include ANT+ support, an IPX5 waterproof body, a dedicated bike cradle, and a USB port.

The device is set to be released in Japan in February 2012 for ¥40,000 (£328). The date and pricing for the UK release is yet to be announced, although Nikkei reports that it will arrive here by summer of next year.

You can click here to read a copy of the press release. Warning: Ability to read Japanese a prerequisite.

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