Magellan(R) MapSend(R) Mexico Topo Offers First Mexico Street and Topo Maps for...

Magellan(R) MapSend(R) Mexico Topo Offers First Mexico Street and Topo Maps for GPS Handhelds; Magellan Expands Extensive Line of New and Improved Information and Navigation Software Tools


Santa Clara, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–February 9, 2006–Magellan announced today the introduction of the first mapping software for rugged handheld GPS navigation devices containing a detailed map of the entire Republic of Mexico. Magellan MapSend Topo Mexico provides extensive searchable points of interest, topography, parks and highways, plus street detail for cities with a population of 50,000 or more. Available on a convenient preloaded Secure Digital (SD) memory card, the software converts compatible Magellan eXplorist(TM) and Meridian(TM) handheld GPS receivers into powerful travel tools allowing outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and adventurers to navigate with ease through both suburban and urban areas, on foot or behind the wheel. MapSend Topo Mexico will be available late February at Radio Shack locations in Mexico and at the Magellan online store at

“MapSend Mexico Topo delivers extensive street and land navigation data for popular travel destinations that can’t be found on any other product,” said Raj Mitra, senior director of worldwide product marketing for Magellan Consumer Products. “This furthers our commitment to providing customers with unique solutions that enhance the versatility and functionality of Magellan GPS handhelds to address specific navigation needs for a variety of outdoor activities.”

MapSend Topo Mexico basemap includes freeways, highways, streets, footpaths, railroads, parks and municipal boundaries in urban areas.

The points of interest database contains 24 categories including airports, shops and plazas, entertainment, sports centers and health facilities, plus locations of numerous outdoor attractions like archeological ruins, gardens and volcanoes.

Magellan MapSend Topo Mexico is the latest in a wide range of software solutions for the desktop and the outdoors that enable users to access topographic maps, marine charts and street navigation – all on a single Magellan GPS receiver.

New MapSend DirectRoute North America Version 3.0: The first turn-by-turn, street-routing software designed specifically for recreational GPS handhelds is now even better with updated, detailed street-level maps for the continental United States and Canada, plus an enhanced, searchable points-of-interest database with more than two million businesses, including restaurants, gas stations, hotels, ATMs and tourist attractions.

New MapSend BlueNav XL3: Magellan MapSend BlueNav XL3 North America is a new advanced mapping solution for saltwater and major navigable inland waterways. It delivers Navionics Gold XL3 marine cartography with typically three times the coverage of XL charts, including information on tides, currents, depth contours, navaids, port services and more. Each of the 18 regions, sold separately, comes ready to use as a preloaded secure digital (SD) memory card to instantly expand the functionality of SD card-compatible Magellan receivers.

MapSend Topo 3D USA: Magellan MapSend(R) Topo 3D USA is a seamless map containing detailed topography, street maps and thousands of searchable points of interest for the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii. It is the first to combine data from NavTeq, the U.S.

Geological Survey 30-meter National Elevation Dataset and, including uploadable information for 30,000 recreation destinations so users can find trails, natural landmarks, street addresses and more on a PC or GPS. The 3D view on a PC allows customers to rotate, tilt, customize and explore terrains or save and transfer waypoints and routes to and from a GPS.

MapSend Lakes USA: With more than 1,000 fresh-water fishing destinations in the United States, MapSend Lakes USA software is an ideal accessory for recreational fishing and for finding new places to explore on the water. Boaters and anglers can gain direct access to ready-to-use regional maps of Fishing Hot Spots and Lakemaster detail for popular U.S. lakes in the North, South and West with a

choice of pre-loaded SD cards or fast and simple downloads from the Magellan online store at

MapSend Topo Canada: Perfect for hiking, fishing, hunting, biking and off-road adventures throughout Canada, this GPS map solution delivers a -detailed, seamless nationwide map showing topographic contours, extensive street detail, waterways and parks from DMTI Spatial, Inc., the leading provider of Canadian map data. It also provides a searchable points-of-interest database, plus waypoint and route management tools to simplify travel planning and navigation in Canada on the PC or GPS.

International MapSend Solutions: The complete line of Magellan MapSend software solutions also includes MapSend DirectRoute Europe; MapSend Streets and Destinations Finland; MapSend Streets and Destinations South Africa; MapSend Topo Great Britain; MapSend Topo Norway North; MapSend Topo Norway South; MapSend Streets Europe; MapSend Streets and Destinations Canada; MapSend Topo 3D Germany; and MapSend Worldwide Basemap. For more information on the complete line of Magellan MapSend solutions, Magellan handheld GPS receivers and other Magellan products and accessories, visit

About Thales’ Navigation Business

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group serving defense, aerospace, security and services markets. The Group employs 60,000 people throughout the world and generated revenues of 10.3 billion Euros in 2004.

Thales’ navigation business is a global innovator of navigation and positioning solutions. The company markets its Magellan brand GPS products in vehicle navigation and outdoor markets, and its professional GPS and GNSS solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets that include consumer electronics, automotive navigation and high-precision applications. Also, through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost(R) vehicle navigation system.

Thales’ navigation business is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France. For more information, visit

(C) 2006 Thales Navigation, Inc. All rights reserved. Magellan, MapSend and eXplorist are trademarks of Thales Navigation.

Magellan(R) MapSend(R) Mexico Topo Offers First Mexico Street and Topo Maps for GPS Handhelds; Magellan Expands Extensive Line of New and Improved Information and Navigation Software Tools