Have Pilot, Will Travel.

Blaupunkt announces advanced portable sat nav system with ultra-fast route calculation and super-slim design, the TravelPilot Lucca 5.3.

Blaupunkt unviels its latest advanced portable TravelPilot sat nav system in the oddly named Lucca 5.3, which features neat tricks such as "text to speech" where it can actually include the road name in spoken instructions, for example. And, it includes 40 countries across Europe should you be driving abroad any time soon. It also has comprehensive multimedia playback features for entertainment while on the move. Here's what Blaupunkt have to say about it...

From the press release:

Blaupunkt announces TravelPilot Lucca 5.3: advanced portable sat nav system with ultra-fast route calculation and super-slim design.

Blaupunkt has announced the introduction of its next generation portable satellite navigation device, the TravelPilot Lucca 5.3.

This high specification unit comes in a slim, space-saving design, incorporating a clear, 4.3 inch display. The colour-coded menus are extremely easy to use, and the Lucca's ultra-fast route calculation, together with a wide range of sophisticated driver assistance functions, ensure a trouble-free journey - whether the user is travelling to a business meeting in London or holidaying across Europe.

Operating the TravelPilot Lucca 5.3 is incredibly simple, with its intuitive touch-screen menus. Destinations can be found using a full seven digit postcode search or by street name - and for even faster and more convenient input, users can choose to enter the destination address via voice control, rather than entering it manually.

In addition, the 'text to speech' feature allows the Lucca to include the actual road name in the spoken instruction, which ensures the driver takes the correct route when there are several turnings close together. For example, 'turn next left' becomes 'turn next left onto Westway'.

For added ease-of-use, Blaupunkt has integrated navigation data for 40 countries in Europe into the system, so there is no need to download this information to the unit. Furthermore, route calculation is now twice as fast as previous TravelPilot Lucca models.

Safer, easier driving.
In order to avoid traffic congestion or road blocks, the TravelPilot Lucca 5.3 incorporates a TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver, providing dynamic route recommendations in 14 countries. The user also has the option to see traffic reports on the display, even when route guidance feature is not activated.

Further driver assistance is provided by the Lucca through the use of visual and acoustic warnings for speed limits and safety cameras.

Phone operation is also safer and easier with the use of the Lucca's built-in Bluetooth interface. The device allows hands-free mobile phone use, as well as direct phone number selection. The Bluetooth connection also enables playback of MP3 files from the phone via audio streaming. An optional Active Cradle for the car radio also allows reproduction of music via the car speakers for optimal sound quality (Blaupunkt radios only).

In addition, users with trailers, caravans, motorhomes or commercial vehicles, will find the optional reversing camera function makes manoeuvring the vehicle much easier. A Blaupunkt reversing camera will be available to purchase from retailers from December 2007.

Entertainment on the move.
In addition to route finding, the TravelPilot Lucca 5.3 also sports a wide range of multimedia entertainment functions.

The unit can play back MP3/WMA music files, digital photos and WMV video files from an SD or MMC card, and also connect to a variety of auxiliary equipment with the optional Active Cradle - such as iPods, DVD players, TV tuners, gaming consoles or a reversing camera. Audio can be played back either via the integrated speakers, or connected to the car speakers or through earphones.

The integrated Merian Scout travel guide allows easy access to many points of interest, including hotels, airports and filling stations. Most destinations include the phone number, and - via Bluetooth - can be called by a touch of the screen, so users can check whether a hotel has a room available, for example.

For holiday makers and business travellers alike, the Lucca 5.3 provides the ideal advanced driving companion with stress-free navigation and entertainment at the touch of a button.

The Blaupunkt TravelPilot Lucca 5.3 is available from retailers now at a suggested retail price of £349.99.

TravelPilot Lucca 5.3 features at a glance.
- Stylish, slim, space-saving design
- Hands-free mobile phone operation via Bluetooth connectivity
- European safety camera data pre-loaded
- Free built-in TMC reception of traffic information to avoid congestion
- Reliable route guidance in 40 European countries (integrated)
- Full seven digit UK postcode search
- Video playback from SD/MMC card
- Optional reversing camera ideal for trailers, caravans or commercial vehicles
- Easy to operate, with voice control for fast input of destination address
- Ultra-quick route search and calculation
- Lane indication feature
- Automatic night/day mode
- USB 2.0 connectivity
- Pedestrian mode for use outside the vehicle
- Merian Scout travel guide with approx. two million points of interest
- Fast set-up and easy mounting in any vehicle
- 4.3 inch (11cm diagonal) display in 16:9 format
- 30 channel GPS satellite receiver for fast location and fixing of position
- 24 Volt compatible for use in commercial vehicles
- Optional Active Cradle for connection to vehicle sound system (Blaupunkt)

• To get further information on the TravelPilot Lucca 5.3 visit: www.blaupunkt.co.uk