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Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus

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Magellan RoadMate 500 Plus

New enhancements:

  • Windshield mount to keep your Magellan® RoadMateTM 500 within easy reach and view while driving
  • 256 MB Compact Flash card – 2 times the memory space for additional map downloads
  • Unlimited map downloading enables you to download as much information as you can store

Now you can have global satellite navigation in your car. The Magellan® RoadMateTM 500 portable auto navigation system makes navigation easy and fun, with friendly voice prompting, turn-by-turn guidance and the latest touch-screen technology. The Magellan RoadMate 500 calculates your route and automatically updates your directions when you decide to take a detour. Easily download the regions you travel in (up to 100 MB file size) to the included memory card, from 4 CD ROMs containing advanced mapping of the entire U.S. and Canada.1 Freely download and overwrite new maps before traveling to new regions. So, do away with bulky paper maps and the time it takes to log on to the Internet to get directions. The Magellan RoadMate 500 puts the ease and accuracy of vehicle navigation at your fingertips.

A comprehensive list of points of interest in your selected area makes it easy to choose your destination quickly. Search by name or category for gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs, sights, amusements and more, whether you’re driving cross-country or to an unfamiliar address across town.

Lightweight and truly portable, the Magellan RoadMate 500 goes wherever you go, from your personal vehicle to your business car, to your recreational vehicle.

Built on Magellan technology found in the Hertz NeverLost® system, proven and road-tested by over 4 million drivers, the Magellan RoadMate 500 makes your driving adventure easier and more enjoyable.

The features of the Magellan RoadMate 500 give you all of the great advantages of GPS auto navigation in a compact, lightweight, portable package:

  • Easy to use
    Intuitive design and friendly user interface are combined with an extra large touch-screen and dynamic backlit keypad for easy operation, plus a full-color screen that automatically adjusts to the light conditions for easy viewing day or night.
  • Turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompting
    Dynamic turn-by-turn guidance with
    TrueView® 3D navigation and friendly voice prompting clearly indicates when to make your next turn. The voice prompt tells you when to turn and you can confirm the direction at a glance. There’s no need to watch the screen as you follow your route with confidence.
  • Maps data for the U.S. and Canada1
    The Magellan RoadMate 500 comes with 4 CD ROMs, containing advanced detailed mapping of the entire U.S. and key areas of Canada. Easily download the regions you travel in (up to 100 MB file size) to the included memory card and overwrite new maps when traveling in different regions.

  • True mobility
    Lightweight and truly portable, the Magellan RoadMate 500 is easily transferred from car to car, so you can take it with you wherever you go. Its compact size and light weight enable you to easily take it with you on business trips or whenever you change vehicles.

  • Built-in Tutorial
    There are fifteen different topics in the built-in tutorial to help you when you really need it—when you are on the road. You can easily access the tutorial at any time to find answers about: Reading the Guidance Screen, Entering an Address, Accessing Previous Destinations, Using the Trip Computer, Personalizing Settings and more.

  • 12-channel, WAAS enabled accuracy
    The Magellan RoadMate 500 uses WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) to provide exceptional GPS accuracy and reliability. Tracking up to 12 satellites to locate your position to within 3 meters, you can rest assured that with the Magellan RoadMate 500, you know where you are and where you’re going.

  • Advanced points of interest database
    The POI database provides comprehensive listings in your downloaded region, including businesses, banks, hotels, airports, gas stations, ATMs, restaurants, and more! You can easily select your destination by name or category to find the nearest gas station, ATM or restaurant along your route.

  • 4 ways to select your route
    Shortest Time – an advanced algorithm calculates your route using shortest distance and speed limit factors.
    Shortest Distance – determines your best route by shortest distance traveled.
    Least Use of Freeways – calculates your route through city and side streets enabling you to stay off the highways when possible.
    Most Use of Freeways – provides directions over freeways, highways and interstates.

  • 3 guidance screens with easy to use interface
    True View – shows a detailed view of actual road layout for upcoming turns and information about intersection maneuvers.
    Map View – super bright, high-resolution display screen with bold and easy-to read icons and text. Zoom in or out on a detailed map. Plus select from 9 different color combinations to view your favorite look.
    Maneuver List – details when and where to expect turns along the route.

  • Route Exclusion
    Want to avoid a certain road or maneuver? With the press of a button the Magellan RoadMate 500 will find another route.

  • Easily enter addresses with QuickSpell®
    QuickSpell intelligently sorts, searches, and checks spelling for rapid address entry with minimal keystrokes, accelerating your data entry by matching letters to the available destinations.

  • Auto Re-route
    The Magellan RoadMate 500 automatically calculates a new route when you decide to take a detour because of heavy traffic, a closed road or just to grab a cup of coffee.

  • Address Book
    Store up to 100 personal or business destinations per user for a total of 300. Each user can personally select their top three to keep them handy.

  • Instant Locate
    Provides information about your present location so you can easily direct emergency services and roadside assistance.

  • Automatic startup and shutdown
    The unit automatically turns on when you start the car, so the Magellan RoadMate 500 is ready to go when you are.

  • Easy installation
    Do it yourself installation is quick and easy. Use the vent mount to easily place the Magellan RoadMate into your air conditioning vent, or choose from a variety of other optional mounting accessories .2 There is no wiring required, simply plug in the power cord and you’re ready to go.

View an interactive demonstration of the Magellan RoadMate.

1 Includes the 48 contiguous states and major metro areas and highways of Canada.

2There are a number of mounts that can be used with the Magellan RoadMate. To learn more about them, click here.



Magellan RoadMate 500 Specifications


Map Sofware

Detailed U.S./Canada map on CD-ROM's to upload regional map data from computer

Loaded Map Size

Select and load different 100 MB regions from maps of the U.S. and major metro areas of Canada


Need to load map before using

User Interface

Touch Screen or dynamic keypad input


High resolution TFT LCD full color display automatically adjusts to lighting changes

Display Size (H/W)

2.25" x 3.0"
5,71 x 7,62 cm

Route Calculator

Choose from four different route methods: Shortest Time, Shortest Distance, Least Use of Freeways, Most Use of Freeways

Turn-by-Turn Navigation

TrueView® 3D screens show upcoming turn while voice prompt politely gives turn-by-turn guidance

Route Recalculation

Auto Re-Route automatically calculates new route when car deviates from route

Track Progress on Map

Dynamically tracks progress on the onscreen map

QuickSpell® Technology

Simplifies data entry by predetermining letters when spelling street and city names

Address Book

Holds 100 addresses


Over 2 million Points of Interest

Weight & Dimensions

10 oz./.63 lb., 3.25 H x 6.5 W x 2.0 D in.
284 g, 8,26 h x 16,51 l x 5,1 p (cm)


May download different map region as needed for travel

Mapping Data

Provided by Navtech®





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Last modified:  June 24, 2015

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