Description: Explore the full potential your Auto PC has to offer with a
NAVTECH Map Data CD. You will find your initial CD,
along with the free update you receive approximately six
months later, an invaluable resource in keeping you
abreast of road changes, city additions and updated
POIs. This unit is powered by the MIcrosoft Windows CE operating system.
Summary: This radio is great I have never had a problem with it until now. My map data cd is no good it is too scrached to play. Does any one know where I can buy,download, copy a cd to replace this one. I used the odyssey software for my gps. Please help!!!
Year / Model Reviewed: 1999 Clarion AutoPC w/ 6CD, NAV, USB hub
Strengths: trunk mounted "brain" unit (short RCA cables can be used)
hi-fi cd quality
Weaknesses: a lot of the GPS functions are no longer available. Odessey and NAVTECH are the only last supporters. (June 1, 2006) i have a brand new CUE networks AUTOFM USB HUB and DATA receiver, but they no longer broadcast emails, news, stocks, etc. the cell phone part is practically "obsolete"
Summary: overall...i like the clarion autopc. i 'aquired' the unit from a friend, brand new... minus the face. found a new one on ebay for $25. also bought the cd changer, NAV receiver, 4 port USB hub, CF flash card, case, extra cables, etc for $125.
it works !!!!????!!?!?!?!???? i like the display, lots of options. it always been a conversational piece, when talking about my car. some functions are odd, i'd rather have a knob for the volume. when using the voice commands, sometimes, it doesnt hear me. i have re-recorded the onboard voice commands. i call it B*TCH, instead of AUTOPC. and last but not least, for the price you can get one for now a days (2006), it is not a bad option. i wish it had iPod plugins....hmmmm!!???
Strengths: Fits in single din dash.
Can activate via voice command.
Has a miriad of programs.
Easy to learn.
Somewhat fun to toy around with.
It's an Antique!
Weaknesses: Poorly lit.
Have to manually pull down face to eject CD.
No updated software.
Programs in menu have to be scrolled to when not voice activation equipped.
Feed back from speakers will activate unit.
Buttons too close together.
It's an Antique!
Summary: Upon reading the features found it to be a well thought out piece of equipment. After spending an additional $135 for installation only to find out the vendor shipped the wrong cable to connect the speakers and spending another $45 to re-install the proper cable. I find that the Auto PC was awesome for my needs of travel. Finding the navigation software on the other hand was a nightmare. Every time I called Navteq or "Navtech" whichever spelling they prefer, I found that the price and availability changed rapidly from 69 bucks for map 1 and 105 bucks for maps 1 & 2 to $75 and up. Then the existence was questioned alltogether on the upgrade just to get the navigation to work. Nice people to deal with just not in sync with what products they sell. Now for the Auto PC itself, nice to talk to to get things going when it works and the feedback from the radio or cd be it sounds of instruments or voices muting the sound completely. Nine Inch Nails sends the stereo in quiet mode almost instantly. Still working out all the bugs but with the price of navigation coming down so quickly, I wish I had done more research on the product. Finding out that the only maps available are up to 2002 was discerning at best. Running to Vegas where the streets are new every other day will be impossible to navigate with the equipment not to mention anything built post 2002. I need to keep telling myself I am happy with this system just to believe it but I would be lying. Fun as a starter for Nav systems but serious people for such products are well worth the effort to study. Someone out there will sell a better product at a better price any day of the week. The positive side is that Clarion reps went above and beyond the call of duty to help me get going with the whole system. Knowledgeable, friendly, courteous staff, an A+ for the folks at Clarion. As for Navtech, nice folks, helpful, and couteous, just not on the same page when inquiries were made they faltered big time.
Similar Products Used: Folding paper maps and Thomas guides.
(flawless, quicker and updateable)
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Review Date November 23, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Value Rating 3 of 5
Used product for More than 1 year
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Review 5 of 12
Year / Model Reviewed: 2001 Auto PC
Strengths: Coolness factor +8
Weaknesses: Three words:
Summary: Clarion had a good idea with the 310C, but they made a real bad decission when they partenered up with Microsoft. 'nuff said there.
Overall, its a good and relatively intuitive product... If you can deal with it crashing all of the time. I guess that's what you get for using a Microsoft software run device.
The Hitachi S3 Processor doesn't help much either. It was antiquated before the Auto PC hit the market. Try loading up some Vetronix Carport apps, Odyssey 2000, (the navigation software - Not Navtech as someone said. Navtech only provides the Digital map data on the Nav. Disks), and your favorite MP3 songs that you can only play off the CF card in that instance, and see how it comes grinding to a halt, because that S3 processor is going nuts.
Sure, it does navigation, if you want to sit there for 15 minutes while it plots a route to take you 1200 miles away, hoping the data on the Navtech disks isn't antiquated as well. No ill feeligs towards Infogation, the maker of the navigation software, Odyssey 2000. They actually TRIED to make a decent product for the Auto PC.
It has Voice control and response. GREAT! But the microphone that is included with the Auto PC is junk. I had to switch to an Andreas Digital Array mic, and I don't exactly drive a death trap.
For those of you who haven't tried the Traffic, News and Email... Don't bother. CUE Paging, the company that was providing service to do all that cool stuff through one of their receivers which plugs into your Auto PC's USB port, HAS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS. There goes that neat idea. As of now, Clarion does not have a subcarrier provider to replace the service CUE was offering.
Can't say much for the telephone cradle add-on. Never used it, as I do not use Motorola or Nokia phones. The only 2 manufacturers supported, and even then, not their full lines.
Vetronix Carport Module. Deffinitely a 2 thumbs up deal, at least from the hardware standpoint. It integrates with your vehicles' engine controller (must be OBDII - 1995 and later, IIRC). Neat idea, but deffinitely not worth the $400+ price... that is, IF you can still find one.
For all of you who think it is too complex... It really isn't. If you cannot manage to speak "Auto PC - - - Radio", when you are driving, then you should not be allowed to operate such unit.
Similar Products Used: Clarion Joyride unit. A Little better, but still Microsoft software run.
Nothing else is available in this category from other manufacturers... yet. I hear Samsung is working on a similar product, but it is not on the consumer market yet.
Sure, you can install your own PC in the trunk if you want.