4WD MODIFICATIONS - COMMUNICATIONS & NAVIGATION
Polaris’ Maxx range is designed for maximum ease of use, with a large, adjustable screen and kits that suit many 4WD utes and wagons. We began testing one in 2019.
The Polaris Universal Maxx’s large 250mm (10.1-inch) screen was attached to a double din head unit that sat flush in the dash. (Some vehicle models had a single-DIN head unit.)
The screen was adjustable to suit different dashboards and to minimise potential glare issues. Although the screen was large, control access was not restricted, Polaris claimed.
At the time of purchase buyers could choose either Tom Tom street navigation or Hema on- and off-road maps.
Standard was Google Maps and it was possible to have additional mapping added.
All mapping was preloaded onto a micro-SD card and loaded it into the unit. Preloaded Hema maps did not require any internet connection for navigation, but Google Maps did.
WiFi or mobile phone personal hotspots
could be used for internet connectivity.
The Maxx also had AM/FM radio and two USB inputs for connecting to music or watching movies or recorded shows.
The Maxx came with Bluetooth, for hands-free phone calls, importing contacts and streaming music.
Maxx was designed to accept a vehicle’s factory camera as a plug-in and also came standard with its own reversing camera that could be swapped for a front camera, or could be fitted to the rear of a trailer or caravan.
The caravan and trailer kit came with all the additional parts required, including a professional cable kit with a curly cord that hung between the two vehicles.
Don’t like any of the navigation apps on offer? Buyers could download their preferred mapping app via the Google Play Store onto the Maxx. Want to stream music via Spotify? Download it straight onto the head unit.
A multitasking feature could be used to split the screen, so music and navigation displayed side by side.
There was an extra-cost add-on dongle that enabled Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Polaris Maxx is an Android-head unit, but an iPhone will still connect via Bluetooth for hands-free functionality and most apps on the iPhone could be downloaded directly onto the head unit itself.
In the box were: the Universal Maxx in dash unit; 16GB SD card loaded with either Tom Tom street maps or Hema off road navigation; universal ISO wiring harness; GPS external antenna; Bluetooth external microphone; two USB cables; camera-in / front cam-in plug; mini camera with seven-metre cable and RCA adaptor and RR,RL,FR,FL Audio Out / Vid out 1& 2 / Sub Vid In / Aux L / Aux R.
We found the Polaris Maxx generally very good, but had some issues with turning it on at times and we thought the screen could have better definition and colour.
We inspected a 2022 version and found that screen much better.