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DVD-Based Navigation Radio Debuts on Select Chrysler Dodge and Jeep Vehicles

June 24, 2003

Chrysler Group says new RB1 Navigation Radio can take you places quickly, safely and accuratelyno matter where you are headed in the United States. Coinciding with theintroduction of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica navigation system this pastspring, the RB1 Navigation Radio is among a family of Chrysler Groupnavigation offerings to make its debut as both a Mopar® dealer-installedoption and as a factory-installed option on select Chrysler, Dodge andJeep® vehicles.The RB1 Navigation Radio is offered as a Mopar dealer-installed option onthe following Chrysler Group 2004 model year vehicles:
  • Chrysler - PT Cruiser, 300M, Concorde, Sebring Sedan, Sebring Convertible, Pacifica, Town & Country.
  • Dodge - SRT-4, Stratus Sedan, Intrepid, Caravan, Grand Caravan, Dakota, Ram, Viper.
  • Jeep - Liberty, Grand Cherokee.The system is available as a factory-installed option on the 2004 JeepGrand Cherokee and Chrysler 300M. Factory-installation cost varies from$1,200 - $1,595 based on equipment package and content. Pricing for thedealer-installed version of the RB1 Navigation Radio is $1,595 (suggestedretail price) plus labor."Whether you're planning a vacation route, looking for a restaurant to havedinner, or searching for the nearest ATM machine to pay for the dinner, theRB1 Navigation Radio is intuitive and easy to use," said Jack Withrow,director, vehicle entertainment and communications for the Chrysler Group."With the use of global positioning satellites, the system effectivelycalculates the quickest and most accurate route. It also immediatelyredirects the vehicle should you veer off your path -- you may never haveto stop and ask for directions again."The RB1 Navigation Radio system is housed in the center of the vehicledashboard, which allows for easy access for both the driver and passenger.The 4.2-inch full-color display features AM/FM stereo, CD player andnavigation system in one unit.Utilizing voice commands, the system guides the user through the driveroute, mile by mile, turn-by-turn until the final destination is reached.Destinations can be entered into the system eight different ways and thescreen can be viewed as a detailed map or enlarged to be viewedturn-by-turn. When coupled with Sirius Satellite Radio, the streamlisting, stream category, song title, and artist can be viewed on thesystem's display screen.Chrysler Group selected Alpine Electronics, a supplier of high-performancemobile electronics systems, to provide the navigation unit, GPS antenna,and map database information. The map database information is housed on asingle DVD-ROM based on NAVTECH data.According to the company, this single DVD solution contains mapping, points of interest and businessphone numbers across the U.S. (where digitized mapping data and informationare available). The single DVD solution eliminates the need to handle andstore multiple discs required in CD-based solutions. In addition, routecalculations can be made quickly with Alpine's proprietary softwarealgorithms which provide routing information within 10 seconds. This iscrucial when a driver misses a turn and needs an immediate re-route.The navigation system receives its GPS or global positioning systemsignals, from up to eight satellites to display the position and directionof the vehicle. A gyroscope and the vehicle's speed sensor enable thesystem to display the present vehicle position even in locations where aGPS signal may not be available. When a destination is entered, thenavigation system uses data from the DVD to quickly calculate a route.
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