Fortunately, the 8410 has a few other new features. Navigon is positioning it as more than just a sat-nav. Instead of going straight into the navigational software when you first turn it on, the 8410 presents a menu with a few other options. These include a media player, which supports music, video and still images. However, if you want to watch MPEG-4-based formats such as DivX, a £15 Digital Codec Package will be required. There’s also a hands-free interface for your phone, which you connect to via the usual Bluetooth. The third option is TV, which is greyed out unless you install the optional TV module. This fits into a dedicated slot on the side of the device, although we weren’t supplied with it so cannot comment on its abilities, nor has a price been announced.
The other main area of enhancement is that the voice recognition system has been extended, which Navigon is calling Voice Interaction Pro. Now, when you select this option, you are supposed to be able to speak normal sentences to find your intended destination. But we found the main difference was that the Voice Command option on the main menu now lets you search for POIs and select from your saved My Destinations as well. Both the address and POI options drill down via the traditional routes – city-street-number for addresses, and through categories for POIs. The latter in particular just provides a list of nearby options. So both are quite limited, but that also makes their recognition abilities more dependable. With fewer choices, there are fewer options for the recognition system to look out for. Garmin’s nuvi 860 still holds the crown for voice functionality, though.
Otherwise, the 8410 has all the new features of the previous Navigon generation. These include MyRoutes, which is Navigon’s take on TomTom’s IQ Routes. When you choose your destination, you’re given a selection of three routing options, which are calculated based on real traffic speeds for that time of day and day of week. You can then select the one which suits your driving style, such as more motorways and fewer shortcuts through cities. Clever Parking lets you find somewhere to drop off your car near your destination. A P icon pops up on the map screen as you approach, which calls up a list of car parks nearby. Alternatively, when you first find your location, you can choose to reroute to nearby parking lot instead.
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