Combined Tech
4x4 Magazine Australia|August 2019
Combined Tech

The Navman Driveduo Suv Combines A Dash Cam With Gps Navigation, And Throws In A Few Extras As Well.

Dean Mellor

THERE’S no denying just how useful a dash cam can be in the event of an incident, providing video evidence of exactly what transpired in case there’s a dispute with another road user. Of course, dash cams can also be fun for uploading footage to social media, especially if you capture an unusual and/or funny event.

GPS navigation devices are also useful, offering features such as route guidance, live traffic updates, speed-zone information and speed camera locations. But mount a dashcam and a GPS device on your dash, as well as other electronic devices such as your phone, and before you know it will be cluttered with technology that can be more distracting than helpful.

The Navman DRIVEDUO SUV goes some way towards minimising dash clutter by combining a dash cam and GPS navigation in the one device. We’re talking a high-end dashcam here, with high-definition 2K video recording, an Advance Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and GPS-tagged video. We’re also talking high-end GPS navigation, a six-inch touchscreen, lifetime built-in maps, lifetime inbuilt traffic subscription, spoken safety alerts and preloaded 4WD tracks and information.

The DRIVEDUO SUV isn’t particularly cheap at $479, but when you consider it combines dashcam and GPS navigation in the one unit, it’s like killing two birds with one stone.

THE DEVICE

THE DRIVEDUO SUV has a generous six-inch colour touchscreen with a bright and vivid display. It’s supplied with both 240V AC and 12V DC charging cables, the latter with a 12V accessory plug that includes a USB outlet. There are two Micro SD card slots; one for data and the other for video recording.

The wide-angle camera on the front of the unit can be angled to suit the mounting position in the vehicle, and the supplied windscreen mount sticks well with minimal vibration to enable a nice, sharp picture.

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August 2019