Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has developed a couple of new in-dash navigation systems that have built in flash memory features. Sanyo was one of the first few companies to actually build solid state storage into navigation systems.
The new system models are the NVA-GS1409DT and the NVA-GS1609FT. Both will be released in Sanyo’s AV Gorilla line of products. Each in-dash nav system have a QVGA 480×240 display with 3D maps, integrated DVD player, CD ripping features, a digital TV tuner, etc. The nav systems have a built in storage of about 16GB, but 8GB of that total is consumed by the maps and points of interest. The additional storage can be used for playing music and using other features. The price of the nav systems will be starting at ¥135,000. No word on whether these devices will make it from Japan to the U.S.