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RAC and Ford test out new navigation system

THE RAC has joined forces with Ford to road test the company's satellite navigation system prior to its planned sale date next year.

The equipment has been fitted to RAC breakdown Transits operating within the M25 loop. Called FNS (Ford Navigation System) the equipment features a CD-ROM map database and satellite based global positioning system (GPS) to tell drivers using vocal and visual instructions the way to their pre-selected destination.

The patrols will use the equipment alongside normal breakdown vans to provide Ford and the RAC with the product's real-world potential. While similar systems exist at the top end of the luxury car market, the FNS is the first of its kind to be considered for commercial use. Ford is using 25 test vehicles - 10 with the RAC, 10 with BT and five to stay with Ford.

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