CNet reports that Audiovox's debut nav product is the NVX216, a touch-screen device with 1 GB of flash memory, MP3 functionality and an FM modulator to connect with your in-dash sound system. It comes with a full U.S. map, and retails for $599. Later models will add a bigger screen, built-in hard drive, turn-by-turn voice-assisted navigation, and be XM-ready.
Meanwhile, Royal Philips Electronics announced this week that it will roll out three personal nav models this fall, with prices starting at $500.
Will personal nav systems overtake built-in car systems in the marketplace? The writing's on the wall. After all, remember what happened to hard-wired car phones?