The Blaupunkt TravelPilot RNS 150 CD/CD ROM navigation receiver combines a first rate CD player, the world-famous DigiCeiver tuner, and a GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation device. The unit installs in your dash like a standard receiver with only a few extra connections.

Navigation is accomplished through a combination of GPS tracking (a GPS antenna is included and mounts unobtrusively in your car), an internal gyroscope, and a lead that attaches to your vehicle's speed sensor, which keeps track of speed and mileage.

The navigation maps are stored on NAVTECH CDs — one disc (of your choice) is included with your order. (There are nine discs available, each containing a different region of the United States.) When using the navigation system, slide the appropriate disc into the CD player and plot your destination. In a few moments, the system will plot your course. All you have to do then is follow the voice instructions and visual directions.

If you happen to miss a turn, the RNS 150 will automatically recalculate your route. You can navigate from town to town, or to specific locations within a town, including points of interest such as restaurants, airports, hotels, or gas stations, or simply to the town center. You can program specific location markers if you find points of interest that you'd like to return to later.

The navigation system also lets you choose your route options before it plots your course, including either the quickest or the shortest route, and whether or not to avoid toll roads, ferries, and major highways. While navigating, you can continue listening to the radio, or to your CD changer, if you have one connected.

Note: Installation of the RNS 150 in pre-1998 Ford vehicles or vehicles without a speed sensor (mostly pre-1980s vehicles) requires a speed pulse generator (see "Accessories").

Details:
  • fold-down face with anti-theft code
  • dot matrix display
  • amber illumination
  • one navigation disc included
  • navigation to town centers, streets, intersections, home addresses, or points of special interest
  • defeatable voice output
  • selectable route options
  • location markers
  • storage of last 10 destinations
  • programmable destination memory
  • DigiCeiver tuner
  • SHARX
  • Radio Data System — participating stations provide traffic and programming info
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • programmable hotkey — one button accesses nine different functions, including position mark, route options, time info, and route guidance
  • multi-function softkey operation for a simplified control panel
  • GALA automatically adjusts volume level to match the speed of your vehicle, compensating for road noise
  • two sets of preamp outputs
  • CD changer controls
  • CD naming
  • 17.5 watts RMS/35 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 20-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 108 dB
  • FM sensitivity 7.8 dBf
  • 1-year warranty

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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  • AM/FM/CD/Changer Controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Power harness
  • Speaker harness
  • 4 Channel preamp output adapter (0232NDPRE)
  • 2 DIN radio removal tools
  • 1 Plastic bumper
  • 1 Allen wrench
  • European to Motorola antenna adapter
  • Antenna adapter clip
  • GPS antenna with attached 18' cable
  • 2 Set screws
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 1 Metal mounting bracket (for use with GPS antenna)
  • 1 Strip of double-sided self-adhesive tape (for use with GPS antenna)
  • 1 Strip of clear plastic (for use with GPS antenna)
  • 1 Piece of clear self-adhesive protective film (for use with GPS antenna)
  • 1 Plastic ring
  • Operating and Installation Instructions
  • GPS Antenna Mounting Instructions
  • Navigation System Quick Tips
  • Warranty card
  • Navigation Product Registration Card
  • TravelPilot Card
  • "Read Me First" note (discusses how to successfully install this unit)
  • Registration Form
  • RNS150 Installation sheet
  • Skyline Receiver and TravelPilot Navigation System Extended Warranty and Theft Replacement Guarantee (extra-cost extended warranty and theft replacement plan)
  • 2 Security window stickers

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Features
GPS Navigation System

Changer Controls

Features

Display/Button Illumination: The display is illuminated in amber. The On button is backlit with blue illumination and all other buttons are backlit with amber illumination.

Night Display: This unit is equipped with a wire that Blaupunkt calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When this lead is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a user selectable level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control. Note: When the power and constant wires are connected and the illumination wire is supplied with voltage (when you turn your lights on), the On button illuminates and remains illuminated even if the unit is turned off.

Display Adjustments: You can adjust the display angle and brightness for optimum readability. The brightness can be independently adjusted for the Night Display and Day Display. Note: The reading angle of the display is adjusted, but the faceplate does not physically move.

DigiCeiver Technology:  As a result of advanced high-integration strategies, the complete functionality of a car radio has been reduced to a two-chip set (an analog tuner IC and a digital radio IC). The digital IC performs the following functions: A/D conversion at the IF-level (intermediate frequency level), IF filtering, AM/FM demodulation, stereo and RDS decoding, RDS error correction, tone control (bass, treble, loudness, EQ), D/A conversion at audio frequencies, and volume control. The digital chip contains additional inputs for analog (AUX input) and digital sources (CD/CD changer). Compared to conventional Blaupunkt receivers, the number of components required to perform the functions listed above has been reduced by 200.

RDS (Radio Data System): This unit supports the following RDS functions:

  • PTY (Program Type): With PTY, the radio stations indicate the contents of the program they are broadcasting. This allows you to select stations broadcasting the type of program you want to listen to more easily. If you activate the PTY function in the DSC menu for radio operation, the program type will appear briefly in the display when you select the station. If the station does not support the PTY function, there will be no indication in the display.
  • PTY Alarm: The Alarm is a special program type. If the TravelPilot detects an alarm message, a symbol will appear in the foreground of the display and the alarm message will be emitted at the volume selected for traffic information messages.
  • Traffic information TA (Traffic Announcement): Traffic information is a service provided by the radio station networks. They broadcast traffic announcements at regular intervals. If the TravelPilot TA function is active, traffic announcements will be broadcast at the minimum volume selected in the Set-up Volume. 
  • Paging: If a radio broadcasting network has more than one station, you can page through the "station network".

SHARX Adaptive IF Switching: The SHARX feature may be turned On or Off. When turned on, the SHARX feature changes the IF (intermediate frequency) bandwidth to eliminate most, if not all, interference caused by strong adjacent radio stations.

CD Compatibility: This unit will play prerecorded CDs and finalized CD-R discs, but it will not play CD-RW discs. The unit reviewed by Crutchfield played a CD-R disc, but Blaupunkt does not claim compatibility with CD-R discs. Results with CD-R discs will vary depending on the quality of the discs. There are audio CD-R discs that this unit will not play.

CD Naming: The TravelPilot allows you to name up to 30 of your CDs. Each name can consist of up to seven characters. The name you give to the CD will not be deleted when you remove the CD from the CD player. When it is inserted again at a later date, the name will appear in the display. When a compatible CD changer is connected, names for up to 99 CDs may be entered.

Track Program Memory: For storing and playing preferred tracks in CD and CD changer mode. Up to 30 CDs can be managed in CD mode and 99 CDs in changer mode with a maximum of 40 tracks per CD.

Remote Compatibility: This unit is compatible with the Blaupunkt RC06 steering wheel remote.

Ignition-Off Turn On with 1-hour Shut Off: The unit may be turned on while the ignition is off (no power supplied to the accessory 12V wire), then, after an hour of playback, the unit automatically shuts off  to prevent the battery from going dead.

Cellular Mute Wire: This wire may be connected to the muting output wire found on some cell phones. When this wire has been connected to an appropriate cell phone muting output and the cell phone rings, this wire receives a signal and automatically mutes the head unit's output.

GALA: This feature helps mask noise generated by your vehicle while driving. When your vehicle is in motion, GALA automatically adjusts the radio volume.

Direct Software Control Menu: The DSC menu system allows you to customize the unit's settings. You may access the DSC menu system by pressing the DSC button. The DSC menu system options are as follows:

  • Day/Night Display: Allows you to turn day/night display On or Off.
  • Display Angle: Allows you to adjust the display reading angle from -6 to +6.
  • Day Display: Allows you to adjust the brightness of the display from 1 to 9.
  • Night Display: Night display is activated when you turn your vehicle's headlights on. You can adjust the night display brightness from 1 to 9. Note: For this feature to work, the unit's illumination wire must be connected to your vehicle's dash lights wire.
  • Power-On Volume: You can adjust the power-on volume for the system.
  • TA-Min: You can adjust the minimum volume for traffic announcements.
  • NAV-Min: You can adjust the minimum volume for voice output when using the GPS navigation system.
  • GALA: Allows you to set the sensitivity of the speed-dependent volume adjustment.
  • Hotkey Setup: The hotkey is the upper softkey on the left-hand side of the display. The hotkey is a special feature you can use to adapt the TravelPilot to your own personal requirements. You can select the function of the hotkey from a list of nine possible functions: TA-function, Route guidance, Route options, Last 10, Destination memory, Position mark, GPS status, Time info, or Locating mode.
  • Time: You can activate or deactivate summer time, select the time format (12/24 hours) and set the time zone with respect to Central European Time (CET). These settings are required so that the TravelPilot is able to determine the system time from the GPS time it receives.
  • Language: Use this menu to select the language used for the displays and for route guidance by the navigation system. Nine languages are available. For English you can select between Metric (distances in kilometers) and Imperial (distance in miles). In addition to English, you may select German, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, or Dutch.
  • Install: The Install-Set-up menu will provide you with all of the necessary information to start up the TravelPilot after it has been installed. If you have installed the system yourself, it will be necessary to calibrate the system and adapt it to the vehicle. You can also perform a system test. This test will check the GPS antenna and determine whether the back-up signal and the vehicle ignition are connected to the system correctly. In addition, you can display the number of GPS satellites the system can currently receive and your GPS position.
  • Security: In the Security Set-up you can activate the coding for your TravelPilot. If the coding is active, it will not be possible to start the system after it has been disconnected from the vehicle battery unless the correct code number is entered. To indicate that your TravelPilot is protected from theft by the code, you can activate the code-LED. If LED has been activated in Set-up Security, the On button will flash when the system and the vehicle ignition have both been switched off. 
  • Reset: You can reset the TravelPilot to its original factory settings. This will affect all of the settings made for navigation and the audio sources.
  • FMSeek: You have the option of setting the search sensitivity for the automatic station search mode, allowing you to select BEST or SENS. In BEST mode, the automatic search stops at stations that have a high-quality reception (i.e. no interference). In SENS mode, the automatic search stops at stations that have a low-quality reception (i.e. with interference).

GPS Navigation System

Navigation System Overview: The RNS 150 installs in your dash like a standard receiver with a few extra connections. Navigation is accomplished through a combination of GPS tracking (a GPS antenna is included and mounts unobtrusively in your car), an internal gyroscope, a lead that attaches to your vehicle's back-up light wire, and a lead that attaches to your vehicle's speed sensor, which keeps track of speed and mileage. The navigation maps are stored on NAVTECH CDs that must be purchased separately. There are nine discs in all, each containing a different region of the United States. RNS 150 navigation enables you to find destinations quickly and easily without having to study a lot of road maps. When the navigation function is active, the voice output from the RNS 150 will guide you along the best route. The system will warn you well in advance when you are required to make a turn. In addition, you can also look at the display to see the driving recommendations in symbol form as well as the remaining distance and traveling time to your destination.

How Navigation Works: The current position of your vehicle is determined by the electronic speedometer signal, the gyroscope and a signal transmitted by GPS satellites (Global Positioning System). The navigation system compares the data with the map information stored on the navigation CD and uses this information as a basis on which to calculate the routes for route guidance.

Destination Entry: The destination can be entered from the destination memory or by entering a city/town, a town center, a street, an intersection and a house number as well as by entering a number of special destinations (e.g. motorway access, train station, etc.). The destinations available include: the town center or a special area of the city in large cities, a street, an intersection of two or more streets, a house or a block of houses, a special destination, or a location marker you have set. Special destinations include places like train stations, airports, restaurants and public facilities. You can activate the special destinations sorted according to the destinations in your final destination town, in the surrounding area of your destination, on a national basis and in the area surrounding the current location of the vehicle. Location markers are useful when you notice an interesting place during your trip (e.g. a shop or restaurant) and would like to use route guidance to return there later.

Destination Memory: You can store destinations that you drive to frequently in the destination memory and recall them at a later date for route guidance. There are three different destination memories to choose from: 1) LAST 10 MEMORY, stores the last ten destinations driven to using route guidance. The destinations are stored automatically in the LAST 10 MEMORY when the option LAST 10 has been activated in the DSC menu for navigation, 2) ALPH. SORTING, the destinations stored in the memory are displayed in alphabetical order, and 3) MANUAL SORTING, the destinations stored in the memory are displayed in the order you select. 

Route Guidance: After you have entered your destination and selected route options, if desired, you can start route guidance. After the route calculation is complete, you will hear the first spoken driving recommendation. The top line of the route guidance menu will display the name of the street you are currently driving on or the name of the next street into which you must turn off. If you leave the digitized area, OFF ROAD or OFF MAP will appear in the top line. The visual driving recommendations appear in the symbol field in the left-hand part of the display. You can switch between 2D and 3D to display the driving recommendations. In the center, you will see a bar graph which indicates the distance to the next change in direction. On the right-hand side of the display, you can choose between a display of the remaining driving time to your destination or the estimated time of arrival.

Selecting Route Options: You can adapt the route to your specific needs at any time, even during active route guidance. The parameters which can be adjusted include: 1) ROUTE, choose between the quickest and the shortest route, 2) MOTORWAY, here you can determine whether or not route guidance will use motorways/highways, 3) FERRIES, you can determine whether route guidance should allow or avoid ferries, and 4) TOLL, here you can decide whether or not you want to drive along toll roads. If you choose AVOID MOTORWAY, but not using a motorway would lead to a much longer route, the TravelPilot will include the motorway in the route. The same applies to ferries and toll roads.

Avoiding Traffic Congestion During Route Guidance: The TravelPilot allows you to avoid traffic congestion or closed portions of the road during active route guidance.

Setting a Position Marker: You can store your current vehicle position at any time, even during active route guidance.

Activating/Deactivating Voice Output: You can activate route guidance for navigation with or without voice output. The voice output provides you with information on how far you must travel until it is time to make a change in your direction and gives spoken driving recommendations.

Simulating Route Guidance: The TravelPilot also allows you to simulate route guidance. The system demonstrates route guidance with visual driving recommendations and voice output in real time. The demonstration mode will end automatically after route guidance has ended.

Changer Controls

  • Disc Skip: Forward and reverse.
  • Track Skip: Forward and reverse.
  • Audible Search: Forward and reverse.
  • CD Random Play: The tracks on the current disc are played in random order.
  • MAG Random Play: The tracks on all of the loaded discs are played in random order.
  • Scan Play: You can play the first 10 seconds of each track on the selected disc or the first 10 seconds of each CD in the changer.
  • Repeat Play: You can repeat the current track or the current disc.
  • CD Naming: When a compatible CD changer is connected, names for up to 99 CDs may be entered. Each name can consist of up to seven characters. The name you give to the CD will not be deleted when you remove the CD from the CD changer. When it is inserted again at a later date, the name will appear in the display.
  • Track Program Memory: Up to 40 tracks on each of up to 99 CDs can be programmed into memory.

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