Sony will soon begin offering a car cradle for some of its Clie models that will be able to show the user’s location on a map, send audio from the handheld to the car’s radio, read email messages aloud, and more.
The PEGA-CC5 will include a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that will display the car’s location and direction of movement on the handheld’s high-resolution screen. It will come with a copy of Rand McNally StreetFinder, which will allow a user to set up a route on their PC then download it to the handheld. The Clie will then provide turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts.
Its Text-to-Speech Function will be able to read e-mail stored in Clie Mail and appointments in the Date Book.
The cradle won’t be all business. It will be able to transmit MP3 and ATRAC3 music files through an FM transmitter to the car’s radio. There will also be an optional cassette adapter and a Sony Bus Connection Adaptor.
It will also allow the Clie to recharge through the car’s cigarette lighter.
The PEGA-CC5 will be compatible with the PEG-NX80V, PEG-NX73V, and PEG-TG50. It will be available at retailers nationwide at the end of this month for about $300. Pre-orders may be placed beginning today at Sony’s official store, SonyStyle.