GPS Navigation System
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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
If a radio broadcasting network has more than one station, you can page
through the "station network".
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit is compatible with the Blaupunkt RC06 steering wheel remote.
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.
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
This feature helps mask noise generated by your vehicle while driving. When your
vehicle is in motion, GALA automatically adjusts the radio volume.
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
Display: Allows you
to turn day/night display On or Off.
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.
You can adjust the minimum volume for traffic announcements.
You can adjust the minimum volume for voice output when using the GPS
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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
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
- Disc Skip:
Forward and reverse.
Skip: Forward and
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.
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.
Program Memory: Up
to 40 tracks on each of up to 99 CDs can be programmed into memory.