Chrysler Group says
new RB1 Navigation Radio can take you places quickly, safely and accurately
no matter where you are headed in the United States. Coinciding with the
introduction of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica navigation system this past
spring, the RB1 Navigation Radio is among a family of Chrysler Group
navigation offerings to make its debut as both a Mopar® dealer-installed
option and as a factory-installed option on select Chrysler, Dodge and
The RB1 Navigation Radio is offered as a Mopar dealer-installed option on
the 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 Jeep
Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300M. Factory-installation cost varies from
$1,200 - $1,595 based on equipment package and content. Pricing for the
dealer-installed version of the RB1 Navigation Radio is $1,595 (suggested
retail price) plus labor.
"Whether you're planning a vacation route, looking for a restaurant to have
dinner, or searching for the nearest ATM machine to pay for the dinner, the
RB1 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 effectively
calculates the quickest and most accurate route. It also immediately
redirects the vehicle should you veer off your path -- you may never have
to stop and ask for directions again."
The RB1 Navigation Radio system is housed in the center of the vehicle
dashboard, which allows for easy access for both the driver and passenger.
The 4.2-inch full-color display features AM/FM stereo, CD player and
navigation system in one unit.
Utilizing voice commands, the system guides the user through the drive
route, mile by mile, turn-by-turn until the final destination is reached.
Destinations can be entered into the system eight different ways and the
screen can be viewed as a detailed map or enlarged to be viewed
turn-by-turn. When coupled with Sirius Satellite Radio, the stream
listing, stream category, song title, and artist can be viewed on the
system's display screen.
Chrysler Group selected Alpine Electronics, a supplier of high-performance
mobile electronics systems, to provide the navigation unit, GPS antenna,
and map database information. The map database information is housed on a
single DVD-ROM based on NAVTECH data.
According to the company, this single DVD solution contains mapping, points of interest and business
phone numbers across the U.S. (where digitized mapping data and information
are available). The single DVD solution eliminates the need to handle and
store multiple discs required in CD-based solutions. In addition, route
calculations can be made quickly with Alpine's proprietary software
algorithms which provide routing information within 10 seconds. This is
crucial when a driver misses a turn and needs an immediate re-route.
The navigation system receives its GPS or global positioning system
signals, from up to eight satellites to display the position and direction
of the vehicle. A gyroscope and the vehicle's speed sensor enable the
system to display the present vehicle position even in locations where a
GPS signal may not be available. When a destination is entered, the
navigation system uses data from the DVD to quickly calculate a route.