Mio Navman Spirit TV Satnav Criticised

Consumer Electronics manufacturer Mio has just announced a new range of GPS devices that integrates a clever piece of technology, an inbuilt Freeview television to make drivers' lives more bearable.

However, the move was criticised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Duncan Vernon, Road safety manager for RoSPA, told tech website PC Pro that "At the moment the law prevents the use of some TVs in cars, and that's because it would be completely impossible to watch TV and drive safely at the same time"

Mio's Satnav peripherals do come with prevention measures but these are limited only to warning messages being displayed while driving. If the car moves while the TV tuner is on, the Satnav flashes a second warning rather than automatically switching off the TV functionality.

According to Mio, the Navman TV Range provides with an "easy-to-use, multi-channel entertainment" starting at £229.99 V505 that comes with a 4.7-inch widescreen while the slightly more expensive V735 (£299.99) comes with a rather gigantic 7-inch widescreen.

Both comes with an inbuilt telescopic antenna (remember these?) as well as a 7-day EPG. On top of that, Mio Satnavs are equipped with touchscreen functionality, Google search, TruMap, NavPIX geotagged photos and Junction views plus they come with a remote control.

The V735 can also play videos, MP3 tracks, still photos, act as a FM transmitter as well as a genuinely useful pedestrian mode.

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Our Comments

The decision to use the television feature of the Mio Navman resides on the shoulders of the drivers. By itself, watching television - for example when waiting for someone - is not dangerous. However, it is likely that the feature could cause accidents when used at the wrong time. Pricewise though, the Mio Navman is a cracking bargain.

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