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Hertz Australia to Almost Triple Inventory of Portable Navigation Devices

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Hertz Australia is to more than double its inventory of Hertz NeverLost portable navigation units. The company has placed a major order for the new German designed and engineered Navigon GPS devices, to be placed at most of its 210-plus rental locations around Australia.

Wayne Burgoyne, Director Sales and Marketing for Hertz Australia, said the increase from the current 750 portable navigation units to 2,000 was a direct response to a surge in demand from both corporate and leisure renters throughout Australia.

“Portable navigation devices have become must-have accessories for travellers who want to save time and avoid frustration when driving in unfamiliar places,” said Mr Burgoyne.

“When we tested the first portable Hertz NeverLost units in capital city locations in 2007, we expected and achieved strong demand, particularly from business travellers,” he said. “But demand has been even stronger than anticipated, not only in major rental locations but in leisure destinations and regional centres. This latest investment is a direct response to what our customers want, and a strong vote of confidence by our customers in our ever-evolving NeverLost navigation system.”

Navigon was selected by Hertz Australia after an extensive evaluation of portable navigation devices. The product has been specially prepared and integrated for use as the latest generation of Hertz NeverLost by local Australian integrator Navigation Solutions.

Paul Lipscomb, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Navigation Solutions, said the new units would provide more realistic and more detailed information than previous portable navigation devices.

In addition to the most up-to-date mapping and both voice and visual directions, the next generation Hertz NeverLost navigation units will run advanced Navigon software that features clear and realistic depictions including real road signage instead of just street names.

As well, the new generation NeverLost units will also help drivers to navigate complex motorway junctions by visually depicting the best lanes to use as they approach their next turn, along with 3D motorway exit views and a “smart speller” function to help ensure accurate input of destination addresses.

The new Hertz NeverLost units also includes advanced Road Sense road safety alerts for school zones, permanent safety cameras, bus lane cameras, accident blackspot areas, railway crossings and country town entry points as well as guidance to the nearest Hertz rental locations.

“With first class road safety content and advanced navigation, the next generation of Hertz NeverLost presents a tool not only to help drivers travel from A to B by the quickest route, but also more safely for themselves, other motorists and pedestrians,” said Mr Lipscomb.

Hertz operates from more than 8100 locations in over 147 countries, including more than 210 locations throughout Australia. Portable Hertz NeverLost navigation units can be booked online or via Hertz reservations on 13 30 39.

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