This past weekend word leaked out that Mio had a Knight Rider-themed sat-nav in the works, and now we can officially say that it's real. The Knight Rider GPS will indeed feature the voice of William Daniels (aka KITT), and there will be a database of names so you can customise the device to have KITT personally greet and talk to you (provided that your name is included).
As far as navigation features, the specs will be similar to the Mio Moov 310/300, minus the real-time traffic. The portable navigation system is expected to hit US shelves on 8 August for $269 (£135), but there's no word on a UK date yet.
Mio actually stopped by our office with a prototype of the Knight Rider GPS and was brave enough to leave it with us for a couple of hours. The video above shows what ensued. For the record, this is quite possibly the most embarrassing video I have ever shot, but we were just trying to capture the fun of the device. (By the way, they didn't have 'Bonnie' in the name database, so we used 'Katherine' for our lovely First Look shooter and editor. How do you not have Bonnie when one of the main characters of the Knight Rider TV show was named Bonnie? Sorry, I digress.)
The voice of KITT and the flashing LEDs are certainly gimmicky, but it's still a blast to use and hopefully it'll deliver on the performance front when we get a final unit in for a road test. -Bonnie Cha