Magellan's new RoadMate 5255T-LM is a combination GPS navigation system and back-up camera kit that is being sold as a complete safety package for Canadian drivers.
Sold exclusively through Canadian Tire Corp., the system automatically switches from navigation mode to a rear-view monitor once the vehicle is shifted in reverse. This allows the driver to see what's behind him and avoid potential obstructions, then resume turn-by-turn directions to his desired destination once the car is put into drive. It can also help assist in parking in tight spots, which will be especially helpful during this busy holiday shopping season.
The navigation portion consists of a 5" touch screen, free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts, and features like Landmark Guidance (which advises to turn at landmarks like gas stations or stores rather than street names), Traffic Camera Alerts (which warns of upcoming red lights or speed cameras), Junction View (a realistic view of the road and highway signs), BestParking.com (aids in finding parking ots as well as their hours of operation), and OneTouch for bookmarking and assigning favourite destinations. It also includes CAA/AAA TourBook information that provides access to restaurants, accommodations, attractions, events and campgrounds in Canada and the U.S., as well as locations for member discounts.
The Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM and Back-Up Camera package sells for $289.99 (MSRP).