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Buckle up as Navtones directs you to a signed Knight Rider GPS in an online charity auction that will give you the chance to bid on a piece of Hollywood and technology history.

    BURBANK, CA, October 22, 2008 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Thanks to Navtones - celebrity voices for GPS, Mio Technology, and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, one lucky bidder will walk away with a signed, fully-functional prototype model of The Knight Rider GPS by Mio encased in an easily-accessible, custom-built box frame that also hosts an autographed photo of K.I.T.T. signed by William Daniels - the original voice of K.I.T.T. - as featured in the device. Not only will you be bidding on this very desirable, one of a kind, working showpiece, but also included is the Knight Rider: The Complete Collection DVD box set that contains all the action-packed Knight Rider episodes and an impressive array of special features, available October 21 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Each item alone would be enough to get any Knight Rider fan excited, but Navtones is offering the winning bidder these three highly-collectable entertainment pieces of memorabilia as one unique prize.

Powered by Navtones, the Knight Rider GPS by Mio features the original voice of K.I.T.T., William Daniels, and has been signed by Glen Larson, the Knight Rider TV series creator. The custom-built box frame sits the device proudly in full view and has a mirrored back enabling you to show off all sides of the unit. The box frame itself is Knight Rider black, with black velvet and silver trim that also holds a signed photograph of K.I.T.T. autographed by K.I.T.T. himself, or William Daniels if you prefer. Centered between the autographed Knight Rider GPS and signed K.I.T.T. photo is a brushed silver plaque. The plaque will have the winning bidder's name and personalized message added at the auction's close.

Navtones, who worked hand-in-hand with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group and Mio Technology to make the Knight Rider GPS a reality, is proud to announce that Universal has donated a Knight Rider: The Complete Collection DVD box set to be part of this online charity auction. Packaged in a specially-designed sleek black box featuring K.I.T.T.'s trademark swirling red light and a sound chip that plays the show's iconic theme song when activated, the 24-disc set contains all four seasons and 85 action-packed episodes of Knight Rider for the first time in one amazing collection! Just the box itself is enough to impress.

The online auction is listed on Ebay with Ebay Giving Works, which empowers people to buy and sell for a good cause. Ebay Giving Works benefits certified nonprofit organization of your choosing. Over $150M has been raised for charitable causes on this platform. The chosen beneficiary of this auction is the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) with 100% of all monies raised going to their organization. The EIF is a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry and has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues.

"All of us at the Entertainment Industry Foundation are grateful to Navtones, Mio Technology, and Universal Studios for their support," says Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of EIF. "We hope there are lots of enthusiastic bidders because it all helps our important work."

The Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry and channels its unique assets to raise awareness and funds in order to make a positive impact in our community and throughout the nation.

With all funds raised going to a certified nonprofit organization, the item up for auction is, of course, tax deductable.

About the auction

The Navtones online auction begins today, Wednesday, October 22, 2008 and will close Saturday, November 1, 2008. The opening bid is just $100 but it is expected to rise dramatically over the life of the auction.
Bids can be placed by visiting

Once the winning bidder is finalized he or she will have direct contact with Navtones whereby all shipping arrangements and personalized message will be arranged. Navtones will provide a tax receipt to the buyer on behalf of nonprofit.

What you are bidding on:

• One of the first working prototypes of The Knight Rider GPS. The device features the original voice of K.I.T.T, William Daniels.
• The Knight Rider GPS is signed by Glen Larson (Knight Rider series creator), and comes with vehicle mount and car charger.
• A Photograph of K.I.T.T. that is signed by William Daniels (K.I.T.T.) stating congratulations from
• Custom-made plaque will feature the winning bidder's name and a personalized message of congratulations.
• The above is all mounted in a custom built box-frame that has a mirrored back showing all sides of the Knight Rider GPS. You can access the GPS with an easy hinged front opening.
• The Knight Rider: The Complete Collection DVD box set
• The item is tax deductible.

About Navtones & The Knight Rider GPS

Navtones, the global provider of celebrity and branded turn-by-turn voices to the GPS navigation industry, has managed and delivered to Mio Technology, a comprehensive entertainment licensing package for the navigation supplier's Knight Rider GPS. In partnership with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, the Knight Rider GPS is a groundbreaking device that seamlessly blends themes from the franchise's globally-idolized TV icon with the Navtones K.I.T.T. voice for a 'dream come true' entertainment experience right off the shelf.

The Knight Rider project marks an evolutionary milestone for Navtones with the North American debut of the first GPS device purpose-built around the highly-entertaining voice content that is the company's hallmark and namesake. The Knight Rider GPS is currently available at,,, and online and in RadioShack stores nationwide.

About Navtones

Los Angeles-based Navtones is a global provider of celebrity, specialty, and branded voice content for GPS navigation systems. Thousands of drivers in more than 40 countries know what it means to "Nav It Your Way" from installing Navtones on their portable navigation devices. Founded in 2004 with a mission to add entertainment to the daily commute, Navtones content is available to both consumers and navigation enterprise via download and embedded license, respectively. To sample our exclusive catalog or for more information, please check us out at

About Mio Technology

Mio Technology develops and markets products that enable users to take advantage of the latest developments in mobile services. The company was established in May 2002 and now has operations in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Mio Technology has more than 1,200 employees worldwide and sells and markets its products in over 47 countries and territories. The company offers a wide array of mobile navigation products, which today includes car navigation systems, handheld navigation systems, GPS PDA phones and GPS PDAs, all designed to enable people to explore and discover the world around them. Mio Technology is among the world's top three vendors of mobile devices with integrated GPS. The company is online at For more information about
Knight Rider GPS by Mio, please visit

About Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group

Universal Pictures Digital Platforms (UPDPG) is responsible for global digital product development, production, licensing, distribution, and growth strategy for the extensive catalogue of Universal's properties across new and emerging digital platforms, including mobile, video game consoles, personal computers, and other portable devices. With a worldwide mandate to help shape the digital future of Universal Pictures, the Group has offices in Universal City, California; London, England; and Tokyo, Japan.

Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group is a unit of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Universal Pictures is a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.

About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

The Entertainment Industry Foundation harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry and channels its unique assets to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues in order to make a positive impact in our community and throughout the nation.

We are fortunate to have wide-spread support of our industry's executive leadership, entertainment industry members and celebrated actors who play a vital role in leveraging the power of the entertainment industry to advance our charitable causes.
Thanks to the talent and compassion of so many entertainment industry members who donate money and volunteer time on our behalf, we continue to broaden our reach to help more people.
Annually, the Entertainment Industry Foundation funds more than 300 charitable organizations within the greater Los Angeles area and throughout the nation.

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