Archos has released a £99 GPS in-car holder designed to turn its 605 WiFi portable media player into a satellite navigation system.
Archos believes its 4.3in touchscreen display makes the 605 WiFi an eminently suitable device for this purpose and says the new in-car holder transforms the device into the ultimate road trip companion.
"No longer do consumers need a standalone GPS device, portable media player, photo viewer or even USB storage device. With our latest innovations you can get where you're going and be entertained once you get there," commented Henri Crohas, Archos founder and CEO.
The in-car holder, which Archos says contains the GPS technology, is connected to the car windshield and stereo system. The Archos WiFi 605 PMP then simply slots into the holder to create a full voice and navigation video system. Users can receive real-time traffic jam alerts via the Traffic module supplied as part of the 605 WiFi + GPS bundle.
When users have reached their destination or know where they are going, the 605 can simply be removed from the holder and used to play music, watch films or recorded TV shows or even, when located in a WiFi hotspot, surf the internet and stream videos, TV shows and music to the device.
The 30GB Archos WiFi 605 PMP which comes bundled with the in-car holder and either the European version of Tele Atlas maps, which covers 22 countries or the North American version covering Canada and the US is priced at £299.
Alternatively, for those that already own an Archos 605 WiFi portable media players, the GPS cradle with UK maps can be purchased on its own for £99.
However, Archos has yet to clarify how the connection between PMP and GPS cradle works and failed to make it clear at its product launch where the mapping information comes from.
Given that Archos is pitching the GPS satnav system as being suitable for existing customers, we suspect an additional download to the device from the Archos website is required, with the hardware enabling it to pick up satellite navigation information being housed on the cradle. We will update this story once Archos fill in this critical piece of information.
Archos 605 WiFi portable media player - now with added GPS navigation
Archos 605 WiFi players of any capacity work with the new GPS module and cradle