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Topic # 114089 7-Feb-2013 20:09 Send private message

Hi all,

Anybody care to suggest the best non-proprietary in-car GPS solution that can handle an external video camera input from a reversing camera?

I've seen a couple of Navman units that have AV-IN (wired) eg MY350LTM, and the older MY90XLT 

Do TomTom have any units with a wired or wireless AV-IN option? Or other brands? (From what I've read/researched, I'm probably leaning towards a Tomtom, but I've not seen anything in their range that would fit my bill)

Another option for AV-IN, are there any units available that can take a 'wireless' camera as AV source (either bluetooth, or Wifi?)

Ideally my solution needs to include:-

1) GPS with touch screen and/or voice recognition, Live Traffic info, with lifetime free and regularly renewed map updates
2) Must connect to iPhone 4 and up for handsfree phone use.
3) Must take external remote video source (reversing camera), preferably with auto switching to view camera when camera turns on (ie when connected to the car's reversing light power). Preferably wireless to avoid needing to run AV cable through the car, as mine doesn't have any pre-installed.

Thanks in advance for suggestions. (Note: Car manufacturer's proprietary units are not in my budget)





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  Reply # 758725 9-Feb-2013 16:57 Send private message

Do you definitely want a 'hangs off the windscreen' type of solution, or could you fit something in your dash?

I'd recommend the in-dash solution if your vehicle has a 1 or 2din slot available - something along the lines of what these guys sell:

http://www.autodvdgps.com/universal-navigation-c-11.html

I've got a 2-din unit in both my vehicles as an upgrade to the factory stereo and they are brilliant. Didn't source them via those guys tho - they were imported from China via family.

If you have a propriety in-dash stereo then all is not lost, there are a number of systems that are customised for various vehicles, they have the guts of one of the universal systems but with a fascia that fits in various late model vehicles. Browse around on that site for those.

Note I'm not recommending that particular site - I've never used them myself, they are just a good example of what is out there at the moment. The systems they have are mostly Windows CE based for the Nav - I'm keeping my eye out for an Android based system.

One other thing to watch out for with those in dash system is that the UI for older models (which are often available cheaply) is sometimes quite hideous - so look for screenshots of the actual UI, rather than the screen with a pretty picture photoshopped on to it...

Final thing to watch for is that a few use MIPS based processors, which can be hard to find mapping programs for that have NZ maps available - look for units that have ARM based processors.

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