CES 2008: Magellan teams up with Google for latest satnav

GPS manufacturer Magellan has teamed up with Google to launch its latest GPS satnav in the US.

The Magellan Maestro Elite 5350+GPRS will allow users to connect to Google Local Search allowing users to get up to date location-specific information on the go.

Scheduled to ship in Q1 2008, the Magellan Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS the two companies say it is the first GPS device that enables users to search for local events as well as local businesses and services.

Users will simply have to type in what it is they are looking for and Google displays relevant results around the user's current location or a user-specified location.

Magellan are also using the GPRS connection to provide real-time traffic information, local weather forecasts, as well as allowing users to wirelessly send addresses and notes to the GPS device directly from a PC with an internet connection.

In addition to the Google features the GPS receiver sports a 5-inch WQVGA widescreen, and a 533MHz S-Media 3362 processor, 3D landmarks and buildings, 6 million points of interest (POI), a USB port; and advanced voice command functionality.

The Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS is scheduled to be available at retailers in March 2008 for an estimated MSRP of $1299.

No word as yet on UK pricing.

We will keep you posted.