Add-on navigation system ("New Stock")
Our take on the Kenwood KNA-G510 by Crutchfield's Matt Freeman
You'll give your Kenwood in-dash mobile video system a potent extra dimension when you connect the KNA-G510 navigation system. You'll drive with confidence as it guides you to your destination efficiently and accurately. The system can even keep you up to date on what's happening with traffic flow along your programmed route.
Accurate navigation, great features
You control the navigation functions with your Kenwood DVD player's touchscreen controls. To choose a destination, just enter a specific street address or intersection, or choose one of the five million points of interest, like hotels, restaurants, and much more. You'll see the preloaded road maps of the U.S. and Canada on your DVD player's video screen, as they show you where you are and where you're going. Voice prompts delivered over your car speakers also help out, telling you whenever a turn is coming up.
You can customize your route options, in case there are roads you'd like to avoid, and enter intermediate points of interest that you'd like to visit along the way. If you miss a turn, the system will recalculate your route quickly. A trip computer gives you handy data about your average speed, distance traveled, and more.
Garmin, a satellite navigation pioneer, provides the built-in road maps that feature impressive detail, 2-D and 3-D views, and extensive points of interest. The KNA-G510 also includes a Secure Digital (SD) slot, which you can use to upload new maps as they become available.
Traffic information services
The KNA-G510 also offers compatibility with two different traffic-information services: Clear Channel's Traffic Message Channel (TMC) and XM Satellite Radio's Traffic and Weather service. With either, you'll receive updates on accidents, construction, and other traffic incidents, giving you plenty of time to avoid them particularly handy if you have a long work commute. The XM service also gives you the option of subscribing to XM Satellite Radio for some of the best radio entertainment around. Each system requires an extra component and a subscription. For XM's service, add the NavTraffic antenna. For Clear Channel's service, add the NavTraffic antenna.
- add-on navigation system for compatible Kenwood in-dash DVD players
- GPS satellite antenna
- built-in road maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
- over 5 million points of interest
- maps displayed on your DVD player's video screen
- voice prompts offer turn-by-turn guidance
- compatible with Clear Channel Traffic Message Channel and XM Satellite Radio traffic information services (subscriptions and extra components required)
- multi-destination route planning
- automatic rerouting for missed turns
- route customization options
- 2-D and 3-D map views
- trip computer
- SD card slot for map updates
- 12-channel WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
- 4-1/2"W x 4"H x 1-1/2"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Hideaway navigation unit
- Wiring harness with 6' 8" cable to display unit and 19' 8" power harness with in-line 2 amp fuses
- GPS antenna with attached 20' cord
- 3-1/4" diameter ground plate
- Self-adhesive gasket
- Two pieces of 4" x 5/8" adhesive backed hook and loop fasteners
- 4 Self-tapping mounting screws
- Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Installation Manual (English/French/Spanish)
After getting the module correctly installed it picked up the satillite and the signal was fine. I had some getting volume straighted out so when the giving the XM radio volume would lower so I could hear the instructions being given.
Omar, Kansas City MO
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Software: The KNA-G510 comes with routing software and mapping information by Garmin, customized for Kenwood controllers. The maps cover the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada, they are pre-loaded and include more than 5 million points of interest. There is also an SD memory card slot used for future updates.
Touchscreen (or Remote) Control: The KNA-G510 is designed to be used with Kenwood touchscreen monitors, and their corresponding remote controls.
Routing Options: Once you have entered a destination, the unit will calculate the route and give you a choice of three options; Fastest time, Shortest distance, or Off road. If you prefer, set one of these as the default and you won't be asked each time.
Voice Guidance: In addition to graphic directions, the KNA-G510 provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions through the connected A/V receiver. The volume can be adjusted to match the other sources. The voice guidance and on screen text can be changed from English to French or Spanish. The Speech Rate, or pace, of the voice prompts can also be adjusted. There is an Attention Tone (sounds before voice prompts), a Touch Screen Tone (sounds when you touch a function of the screen), and a Keypress Tone (sounds when you press a button on the monitor's remote) that can be turned off.
Speed Adjust Volume: The volume of the voice prompts can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise.
Map Orientation: You can choose to orient the map in one of two ways. You can select to show North at the top of the screen, or show the direction in which you are heading at the top.
Map Display: The zoom in/out commands allow you to change scale of the map display. There is also an auto zoom you can engage that will adjust the screen for optimal viewing. The maximum auto zoom distance can be set between 120 feet and 300 miles. The color of your route line can be changed and the amount of map detail is adjustable (with more detail, the map loads more slowly).
Destination Input: The Destination Entry Menu gives you many different ways to choose your destination or insert a point in your current route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from one of the following categories:
- Address: input your destination address by house number, street, and city
- Home: store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location
- My Locations: store a destination as a Favorite in advance, then easily select it as your new destination or insert it as point along your route
- Point of Interest (POI): select a destination from a database of nearly 6-million locations, select by name or category, POIs can be selected as a waypoint or a destination
- Recent Finds: choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints
- Select from Map: find a location icon on the map and make it your destination
Custom Point of Interest: POI databases can be downloaded from other companies
Current Location: regardless of your proximity to a POI, your current location can be easily saved as a Favorite.
Editing Favorites: There are several ways to customize your favorite locations; each can be renamed, the location of a favorite can be changed, the elevation can be added, they can be assigned to a category, and an icon can be placed on the map in their location.
- Map View: the direction for the next turn is shown as a turn arrow, as you approach an upcoming turn, an enlarged view of the intersection can automatically appear in a second box, making route guidance even clearer, voice guidance informs you of distances and turning directions as you approach turning points, waypoints, or your destination
- Turn List: a list of turns can be displayed instead of the map, you can scroll through all the turns along your route if you like, voice guidance informs you of distances and turning directions as you approach turning points, waypoints, or your destination, touch a turn to see it on the map
Auto Reroute: Should you miss a turn or make a wrong turn, the system will recalculate your route automatically. You can silence the "off-route, recalculating" message if you like.
Trip Computer: The trip computer shows current speed, current direction, distance to destination, total distance traveled, average speed (including stopped time), average speed while moving, maximum speed, total trip time, total moving time, and stopped time. You can reset just the maximum speed or reset the entire trip computer at once.
GPS Info Page: The GPS info page shows your current longitude and latitude, which satellite signals you're receiving and how strong each is, your current elevation, and the date and time.
WAAS: WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) is a system of ground reference stations across the US that correct for GPS inaccuracies caused by orbit and clock drift, as well as signal delays due to atmosphere and ionosphere conditions. With WAAS engaged, the GPS positioning accuracy is improved to within approximately 10 feet. WAAS can be turned off if you prefer.
EGNOS: The KNA-G510 also features EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), which is the European answer to WAAS. EGNOS is turned on and off along with WAAS.
Midpoints: You can add midpoints to a route when you create it of afterwards.
Detour: You can detour from your current route, routing off the current road for 1/2, 2, or 5 miles. You can also select a road on your current route to detour around.
Avoid: You can specify particular roads or types of roads for the route calculator to avoid. You can also avoid certain areas.
Track Log: The track log creates a bread crumb trail (track log) of your movement. At any time the entire track log can be displayed on the map. You can also reset the track log whenever you like.
Mileage Log: There are four different mileage logs, each can be named, individually activated/deactivated, and reset at any time.
Mounting: For best operation the unit should be mounted parallel to the ground.
NavTraffic: With the addition of an XM Smart Antenna (item number 113GXM30T) and a NavTraffic subscription, the KNA-G510 can display real time traffic information to help you avoid delays. Available information includes traffic flow (with speed), accident reports, disabled vehicle reports, scheduled construction and road closures, and weather related delays.
Note: Because the reporting of information on traffic accidents, disabled vehicles, etc relies on human interaction, the time span from when an incident occurs and when it is displayed by XM NavTraffic will vary.
Detour: When a traffic delay is detected, you can detour around the area with one touch of a button.
NAVTEQ: NAVTEQ Traffic provides the traffic flow and incident information for the XM NavTraffic service. This data is collected from multiple sources across the country, including leading commercial traffic data providers, government departments of transportation, police and emergency services, road sensors, cameras, and real-time aircraft reports. NAVTEQ Traffic frequently performs extensive data quality processing to provide the most complete and accurate nationwide traffic information feed.
Market Coverage: As of April 2006, the NavTraffic service is available in the following 22 metropolitan areas:
|Atlanta, GA||Baltimore, MD||Boston, MA||Chicago, IL|
|Dallas/Ft Worth, TX||Detroit, MI||Houston, TX||Los Angeles, CA|
|Miami/Ft Lauderdale, FL||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||New York, NY||Orlando, FL|
|Philadelphia, PA||Phoenix, AZ||Pittsburgh, PA||San Diego, CA|
|San Francisco/Oakland, CA||San Jose, CA||Seattle, WA||St Louis, MO|
|Tampa, FL||Washington, DC|
Weather: You can also get current and forecasted weather conditions, city by city throughout the contiguous 48 states.
Optional FM Traffic Receiver: Using an optional FM Traffic Receiver (113GTM10, sold separately) the Kenwood navigation unit can receive and use traffic information. When a traffic message is received, you can see the event on the map and change your route to avoid the traffic incident.
Real-Time Traffic Data: In most area, depending on the service provider, TMC traffic broadcasts are continuous - there's no waiting for scheduled traffic news updates or random alerts. With the TMC receiver, you see traffic developments in real-time, as they happen, so you make the right decision sooner. The system alerts you when a traffic problem is on your route and proposes an alternate route to avoid the incident.
Note: Because traffic broadcasts are received via a "silent" FM data channel, you can still listen to music or news programming on your car radio without interference from incoming FM traffic data transmissions.
Avoid Traffic Tie Ups: TMC data is available in a fast-growing number of cities throughout North America and Europe (see table below) and gives prompt, accurate notification of accidents, road construction, police, or emergency action, etc. - so you can visually monitor traffic flow and, if necessary, avoid traffic tie-ups.
Subscription Information: Traffic services are available only in select cities where coverage exists. A subscription may be required to enable traffic capability.
- Throughout most of Western Europe, basic TMC data is a free public service, accessible through a number of providers.
- In France and the UK, premium service provide by TrafficMaster requires a subscription.
- In the U.S., a subscription to Total Traffic Network is required.
Inputs and Outputs: The following inputs and outputs are located on the unit's side panel:
- Power/System Harness:
opposite end of the included cable has:
- Monitor I/F: male 13-pin interface for monitor
- Ground: chassis ground
- Ignition: switched 12 volts, 2 amp fuse in-line
- Battery: constant 12 volts, 2 amp fuse in-line
- Parking brake: parking brake detection lead
- Mini B: USB mini B version 2.0 jack for optional FM traffic or XM NavTraffic receiver
- GPS ANT: square connector for supplied GPS antenna plug
- SD Card: SD memory card slot for future software updates
- Width: 4.564"
- Height: 1.212"
- Depth: 5.515"
- Width: 2.042"
- Height: 0.592"
- Depth: 1.774"
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