Alpine Blackbird Portable Navi Arrives

Alpine was only waiting for this moment to arrive—the company apparently figured since it already makes lots of embedded auto navigation systems, it might as well fly into the porto-navi market with Blackbird. It features 16-channel embedded GPS, and it's pre-loaded with 6 million points of interest in US and Canada.

In addition to giving you turn-by-turn directions, it doubles as an MP3 player, too, where you can fill up an SD card with your favorite tunes and rock on. Sounds like it's time for a road trip. Available now for $750, it's also equipped to receive Radio Data System traffic info starting this summer, but that will cost you a $60 annual fee.

Product Page [Alpine, via Autoblog]