HEMA Maps Unleashes All-New HX-1 Navigator
HEMA and Australian navigation go together like bread and butter. The simple fact is there is no one else out there regularly mapping and checking outback tracks for accuracy like HEMA is. We’ve been using them to explore the lesser-known regions of Australia for decades, and now we’re excited to check out their latest gadget, the HX-1.
Combining all the functionality you’d expect from a street-derived GPS with the off-road mapping capability HEMA has become known for the HX-1 is the next-generation GPS system, replacing the well-loved HN-7. Containing over 45,000 campsites, destinations, and points of interest, including those verified by HEMA and the entire library of Camps & Caravan Parks Australia Wide, without the need for any cell signal is a serious undertaking.
Turn-by-turn guidance is available for most streets, including popular four-wheel drive tracks, both in Australia and New Zealand, and the system can even alert you if you’re passing through a zone known to contain speed cameras, red light cameras, and timed school zones.
The biggest update is the ability to download and share tracks from HEMA’s Explorer Cloud—an online repository of the best in four-wheel drive mapping the world has ever seen, submitted and curated by four-wheel drive enthusiasts like yourself, complete with photos so you can see what the destination is like. If you’re planning to support and upload your tracks to the Explorer Cloud, the HN-1 even has a 5-megapixel camera so you can take a picture or two to share with the greater community.
Just like HEMA Navigators of years past, all of their 1,200,000 KM of 4WD tracks and outback adventures are included, including their well-loved Great Desert Tracks maps, touring maps for Cape York, Fraser Island, the Kimberley, High Country Victoria, and state government topographic maps (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA), as well as HERE Street and Terrain mapping.
With built-in WiFi, you’ll be able to pull into your driveway to upload your tracks to the cloud, as well as share pictures and GPS files with your mates. The HN-1 is outfitted with a 5,000mAH battery good for up to six hours without charging—plenty enough time to grab your HN-1 from your car to show your mates the right tracks to take.