Two new satellite navigation (sat nav) devices have been launched which map buildings, landmarks and elevation changes in 3D.
Manufacturer Clarion says that the new 3D feature of the MAP780 (Europe) and MAP680 (UK & Ireland) enables it to ‘deliver the clearest, most convenient route advice yet’.
It says that as cars approach buildings, the structures appear see-through on the sat nav, so they don’t obstruct the view of the next junction.
At the same time, buildings further away are textured and solid, making them ‘lifelike and easily recognisable as reference points’.
Hills and mountains are also rendered in 3D while you drive and Clarion says it has incorporated comprehensive lane information into the devices.
For example, all available lanes are rendered in 3D and the one that the driver needs is highlighted.
Which? motoring editor Richard Headland: ‘Adding more landmarks and contextual information to sat-nav maps will certainly aid drivers who find the 2D views tricky to understand – it’ll be more like driving down a virtual street.
‘Provided that these are well integrated into the maps and directions, we think it’s likely that other sat navs will consider adding them.’
The MAP780 and MAP680 are priced at £269 and £229 respectively, and are available via Clarion-appointed dealers across the UK.