Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published February 23, 2017
HDS Gen3, Elite-Ti Get Significant Sonar Enhancements
New Software Upgrade includes Major Improvement to Surface Clarity
The Lowrance® software update for HDS Gen3 displays includes game-changing improvements to Surface Clarity, Live Network Sonar, Navionics® SonarChart™ Live, Navionics Plotter Sync, Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting (not available in US), and NMEA 2000® entertainment enhancements.
Live Network Sonar and the NMEA 2000 entertainment enhancements are not applicable to Elite-Ti displays.
Surface Clarity functionality has been significantly enhanced to remove clutter without affecting targets, allowing anglers to reveal fish near the surface without filtering all sonar returns, which, at times - with the previous software - reduced the usefulness of the top portion of the water column. In addition, the new update helps anglers more easily distinguish between different levels of Surface Clarity, so the best possible view can be selected for current fishing conditions.
SonarChart Live allows users to create 1-foot (.5-meter) HD bathymetric maps - in real time - on HDS Gen3 and Elite-Ti series displays. Created automatically while navigating, this advanced feature seamlessly converts sonar returns into detailed contour maps. Ideal for anglers fishing a new location, SonarChart Live reveals uncharted bottom features, holes and drop-offs where fish like to hide. SonarChart Live requires a Navionics mapping card with an active chart updates subscription.
Plotter Sync allows anglers to easily download the latest Navionics chart data and transfer waypoints and routes between the Navionics app and a mapping card via the wireless connectivity of HDS Gen3 and Elite-Ti displays. Waypoints and routes can be imported from the Navionics card to the waypoints/routes/trails databases of HDS Gen3 and Elite-Ti displays. Plotter Sync requires a subscription to the Navionics app and a Navionics mapping card with an active daily updates subscription.
NMEA 2000® Marine Entertainment/Audio Protocol updates enable HDS Gen3 displays to work directly with all third-party audio equipment that conforms to the latest standard, including select equipment from audio partners, JL Audio®, Infinity® and Polk® - with more to come.