Overview: The Clarion NP401 Hide-Away Navigation system provides
turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct you to selected destinations
(when used in conjunction with a compatible Clarion in-dash head unit). The
software quickly calculates step-by-stop directions to any destination available
on the included navigation map. The navigation software uses Global Positioning
System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and
display travel directions. The system's GPS antenna receives signals from a
constellation of 24 satellites orbiting the earth and uses the strongest of
signals, to determine your position to within meters.
Note: The NP401 is not a stand-alone navigation unit and
requires a compatible Clarion multimedia head unit with monitor.
hHead Unit Compatibility: The Clarion NP401 Hide-Away Navigation system
is an add-on navigation system for the Clarion VZ401 and VX401 in-dash
multimedia head units. The NP401 connects to the Clarion VZ401 or VX401 using a
single proprietary 10' cable (included).
OSD with Touchscreen Operation: The Clarion NP401 offers on-screen
display and touchscreen operation via the Clarion VZ401 or VX401 LCD
touchscreen monitor. Smart touchscreen controls enable you to access
information at the touch of a fingertip. Layouts are designed to enable
instantaneous display of desired information, while detailed information can
easily be called up with a light touch.
SiRF GPS 20-Channel Receiver: The Clarion NP401 navigation system
utilizes a SiRF GPS module with 20-channel GPS receiver to assure fast
acquisition and accurate tracking of your vehicle's current location.
GPS Antenna: The Clarion NP401 includes an external GPS antenna with a
magnetic base designed to mount outside of your vehicle. The GPS antenna
features an attached 16' antenna cable which plugs into the SMB port of the
Note: The GPS antenna measures 1.5" wide x 0.6875" tall x 1.9375"
Vehicle Positioning: The navigation software's computer considers
vehicle speed and heading changes, together with longitude and latitude
information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on a digital
map. Signals from GPS satellites are used to determine the vehicle location.
Three (good) or four (best) satellites must be received to accurately determine
location. The GPS reception status is indicated by the GPS symbol on the map.
4GB microSD-Card: All navigation data is stored on the NP401's
inserted 4GB microSD-card. No disc drives or pickups are involved, so access to data
is instantaneous. Maps are therefore rendered faster and scrolling is smoother.
The absence of mechanical moving parts also provides higher resistance to shocks
and vibrations for increased ruggedness.
Note: If you remove the microSD-card, you will lose navigation
software and maps.
U.S. and Canada Map Coverage (by Tele Atlas): The NP401's
4GB microSD-card contains Tele Atlas map data for all 50 of the United States, including
Alaska and Hawaii; as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada.
Note: The map database used by the navigation software was created
using high-resolution aerial and land based data collection. Car navigation
maps are frequently updated. While the database was judged to be as accurate
as possible at the time of its release, a map database an never be 100%
accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as
turn restrictions or road names my change over time.
12 Million POIs Preloaded: The Clarion NP401 will guide you to your
desired destination by accessing its 12 million Points Of Interest (POI)
database. You can choose from National Parks, Gas Stations, Restaurants, etc as
your destination and the NP401 will create and display your route in precise
detail on your Clarion VZ401 or VX401 LCD monitor.
Map Updates: Navigation map updates can be imported into the system
through the USB (type-A) port or via an external microSD card (sold separately).
Note: Music and other files stored on a USB memory device
or microSD card cannot
be played back.
2D/3D Display Modes: The NP401 offers 2D and 3D map display modes.
Comprehensive digital elevation model data is used to draw height and depth
features for a realistic landscape at all levels of zoom. While driving, hills
and mountains are rendered in 3D to better represent your real world driving
environment. Building are also rendered in 3D for select metropolitan areas. You can also choose a split screen mode of 2D and 3D.
Day/Night Color Profiles: You can select one of three brightness
modes for the on-screen map:
- Daytime: Has a lighter, brighter background for easier
viewing during the day.
- Nighttime: Has a darker background, so it is easier to
see at night.
- Auto: The brightness of the display automatically
switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset.
Visual and Audible Voice Guidance: The Clarion NP401 Hide-Away
Navigation Unit provides visual, on-screen route guidance using your Clarion
VZ401 or VX401 LCD monitor. The NP401 also provides audible voice commands and
turn-by-turn voice prompts with text-to-speech for street announcement in 3
different languages (English, French, and Spanish) over your car audio speakers.
Smart Zoom: The Clarion NP401 can automatically rotate, scale, and
tilt the map to give you optimal view.
- When you are approaching a turn, the NP401 zooms in and raises the view
angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction.
- If the next turn is at a distance, the NP401 zooms out and lowers the
view angle to show you the road in front of you.
Lane Guidance with Signposts: The Clarion NP401 displays highway lanes
and their directions to help you take the appropriate lane in order to follow
the unit's calculated route. Signposts are also displayed to distinguish which
road you are on and where the road leads to.
On-Screen Keyboard: You can type with your fingertips on the on-screen
keyboard (via your VZ401 or VX401 LCD monitor) and switch between various
keyboard layouts (ABC, QWERTY, or Numerical).
The Destination Entry Menu gives you many different ways to choose your
destination. You can also create a route with multiple intermediate
- Browse Map: You can search for a destination by
scrolling the map display.
- Address/Intersection: You can input your destination
address by house number, street, and city. You can also enter one street
name, then choose from a list of cross streets.
- POI (Point-of Interest): Select a destination or
waypoint from a database of restaurants, gas stations, hotels, etc. A
Point-of Interest may be searched by category, city, or name. This unit
provides 12-million points-of-interests.
- Coordinates: You can route to a destination by directly
inputting latitude and longitude values.
- Favorites: You can select your route to a destination
by choosing one of your preset favorite places.
- History: Previous destination entered into the unit's
built-in navigation software are automatically saved into its memory. This
is helpful when you want to return to a recent destination.
Route Priority: You can set the following conditions for
route calculation - Fastest, Shortest, Economical, or Easy. You can also choose
to use or avoid the following roadways - Freeways, Unpaved roads, Toll
roads, Permits needed, Ferries Cross-border planning, or Carpool/HOV.
Itinerary: The Itinerary is a list of the route events along your
calculated route, or simply your driving instructions.
Track Logs: A Track Log is a recording of how your GPS positions
changed and it is independent of the unit's calculated route.
Route Simulation: You can preview all the route information
and simulate travel along a projected route.
Fit-to-Screen: The on-screen map can be scaled to show your entire
route on your Clarion VZ402 or VX401 LCD monitor.
Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically
recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously
Detour: The NP401 offer quick detour possibilities during navigation,
so you can navigate around a congested area.
Route Information Screen: The Route Information contains all your
route data, such as Route Line, Estimated Arrival Time, Distance Left, Time
Left, and Route Method.
Trip Computer: The unit's Trip Computer displays a Compass,
Speedometer, Distance Remaining, Time Remaining, Arrival Time, GPS Time,
Altitude, and Speed Limit.
Safety Mode: The NP401 features a Safety Mode. With the Safety Mode
turned on, you cannot change anything on the NP401 while the vehicle is moving
at a speed of 6 mph or higher.