Becker Traffic Assist Z205

Traffic assist Z 205 from Becker’s new top model shows what is evolution in the best sense. After the change of a NAVIGON, iGo software, previously excellent routing first suffered something; under the first versions of iGo’s ever went to “fast route” through a zone of 30.

  1. Becker traffic assist Z205
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After all: The pace of work, in particular the response to inputs, was now very enjoyable – there is no longer the concerns seconds of the NAVIGON software, the menu ran smoothly.

The new generation of devices, Becker has incorporated so-called traffic patterns by NAVTEQ. That are similar like TomTom’s IQ routes – historical traffic data that are stored in the maps. The Navi so know when what Street is typically blocked, and accordingly even chooses a different route.

Smart routing

The test has passed then immediately the Becker Z205. One of our test route afternoon is an ordeal, because the seemingly fastest route (B14, downtown Stuttgart) is clogged. But because the most navigation systems do not know that we are regularly in stop-and-go.

Different with the Becker: that first drove a seemingly strange way, but makes sense proved this time absolutely, because there was not much going on.

Another highlight of the newcomers is his one shot voice control, which dictate place, street and house number in one piece can be. It comes from the home system Harman/Becker automotive, so is same as the off work systems of BMW and co.

In the car, does it work well mostly, reached not the detection reliability of work systems but also because of the not-so-good microphone.

However, it is very helpful if one is already started and then wants to enter the destination as the hair-raising typing away while driving. You must strive only for a clear debate and breaks between place, street and house number.

Satellite facilities

As befits a top model, switchable 3-DGebäude adorn the map; the detail and lovingly presented attractions such as about the Stuttgart castle can be seen, however, always.

Overall, the display is pretty plastered with info that can be but partially hidden: 42 maps, optional split – screen display, a lane, a (Adjective) Bluetooth Speakerphone and the TMC Pro traffic information are also on board.

Is also a little multimedia in the form of MP3 player, video, and image viewer. With the Z205, Becker shows how to build a top-Navi by consistent further development and clever modification of supply software and additions of its own know-how.

Only a brighter display would be still on our wish list. Especially in the summer. But otherwise: Hats off, the coup – the Z205 has made its way into the highly competitive leaderboards top ten.

Technical data and test results

Facilities
Navigation
The read setting monitor contrast / angle /
Alternative route / manual storage function /
Show current street name / next /
Display distance / time to destination /
dynamic navigation TMC / TMC Pro / GSM / /
Color display / diagonal screen size (inch) / 4.3
Map / 3D /
Crossing / auto zoom /
Representation of the arrow / map can /
Route choice short / fast /
Route exclusion toll roads / ferries /
Speed dial / configurable /
Additional cards available
Number of special target groups 19
Travel guide function / include /
Custom POIs / POI warning function can be used /
Track info text & map /
Destination input house number / intersection / postal code / /
Destination entry POI location / destination /
Destination entry milestones
Destination entry letter suppression / selection /
Destination input map / coordinates /
Destination entry last destinations (more than one)
Target store editable
Hardware
Interfaces USB GPS-Ant. Audio
Total storage / memory space (MB) internally 4000
Entertainment
Connectivity accessories
Audio sound control / DSP /
CC / CD / MP3 / /
DVD-video / DAB / DVB-T / /
Email / SMS functionality /
GSM connection possible / integrated /
Telematics features analog / digital /
Image / video Viewer / camera / /
Test results
Equipment Cap 100 good (82)
Navigation 70 70
Communication 20 6
Entertainment 10 6
Handling max. 150 very good (139)
Operation 60 57
Destination entry 60 52
System speed 20 20
Voice control 10 10
Guidance up to 150 very good (135)
acoustic guidance 50 45
optical guidance 75 70
Positioning accuracy 25 20
Route calculation MAX 100 very good (91)
Overland 30 26
City 30 30
dynamically 40 35
JUDGMENT Max 500 447 very good
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: NC4 / 09

Rating

Test results
Equipment Cap 100 good (82)
Navigation 70 70
Communication 20 6
Entertainment 10 6
Handling max. 150 very good (139)
Operation 60 57
Destination entry 60 52
System speed 20 20
Voice control 10 10
Guidance up to 150 very good (135)
acoustic guidance 50 45
optical guidance 75 70
Positioning accuracy 25 20
Route calculation MAX 100 very good (91)
Overland 30 26
City 30 30
dynamically 40 35
JUDGMENT Max 500 447 very good
Price / performance satisfactory
tested in issue: NC4 / 09