GPS navigation device are not yet widely used here in the Philippines probably because those popular brands from other countries like TomTom and Garmin have no local presence here. However, there are alternative options like the Vector that we introduced here a few weeks back and then there’s this carNAVi that I just heard about recently.
carNAVi claims to be the leading navigation system provider in the Philippines and their GPS device has been around since late 2009. What I find nice about carNAVi is that the maps and updates are free. No need for subscription or any renewal fee. You can even load it with free maps from selected countries like Hong Kong and Singapore.
The pre-loaded map is not just for Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces but it covers the whole Philippines with more than 150.000km of roads. You can use it from island to island and even for trans-Philippines highway driving. The maps contains detailed 3D view including elevated flyover, multi-layer streets and buildings.
So how accurate are the maps and their routes?
Aside from getting raw data from OpenStreetMap which is the largest map community in the country, carNAVi has been providing maps since 2006. Moreso, The carNAVi unit includes a track log function so customers are also able to contribute new data to the maps.
As for the routing, carNAVi verifies all roads in the field and edit the routing parameter like speed limits, road conditions, etc. It is an expert system that knows about road congestion, traffic situation and driving time. What’s good about this is that carNAVi can give a better estimate for driving time given the current driving condition, not just based on speed parameter like other GPS devices.
Sounds good right? Of course, these are all based from a company rep. Until I test a carNAVi unit, I won’t be able to give you guys a fair review for this GPS navigation device.
If you’re still interested to get one, the 3.5″ carNAVi ECO 300 goes for Php9,900 and the 4.3″ carNAVi PRO BT goes for Php14,900. You can order online from the carNAVi store have it delivered free of charge or you can buy them from Robinsons Appliance, S&R and Carryboy branches.
All GPS Navigation units will come “˜ready to run out of the box’ and a one year warranty. Accessories like a windshield mounting unit and a car power cable are already included. Just unpack, wait for the free available satellite signal and start with your personal navigation assistant!