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Navigating around in a car is one thing, but now that the summer is upon us, it's time to think about renting that RV you've been dreaming about, packing up, and driving across the country. Rand McNally has just introduced their newest PND, the RVND 5510, which is described as the first navigation device designed specifically for RVers. The device includes legal (including propane and other RV-only), height and weight restrictions, right or left-turn preference based on eleven different RV types, and a quick reference to the Rand McNally Road Atlas. There's also turn-by-turn spoken and text directions,... Read more...
Personal Navigation Devices are great for getting from point A to point B, but what about keeping you safe? It's a major concern, of course, and TomTom is working to make it even more of a priority. The company has this week revealed their Active Driver Feedback and WEBFLEET OptiDrive, two new features focused at further increasing TomTom’s safety and efficiency benefits for businesses. Active Driver Feedback promotes safe driving by providing drivers immediate feedback on their driving performance via their TomTom PRO navigation devices, while WEBFLEET OptiDrive gives business management... Read more...
In need of a new GPS? Everyone needs to get where they're going, and TomTom is out to help. The company has just introduced three new units today, all of which carry 5" panels and plenty of businesses who are considering rolling out a fleet of navigation devices. The TomTom PRO 7150, PRO 9150 and PRO 7150 TRUCK are all available today, and include the new WORKsmart functionality (which contains mileage registration, time registration, job status reports and more). Each of these also includes IQ Routes (for smarter routing to destinations), ECO routes (for better fuel savings), Advanced Lane Guidance,... Read more...
Need to get out more? Have the urge to explore? Magellan's newest has you covered. The eXplorist 610 is a new outdoor navigator, and the latest model is shipping with a waterproof casing, a rugged design and Summit Series topographic maps. There's an optional World Edition map includes coverage to over 200 countries, and users can create waypoints, record tracks, and route from point to point. If you're into geocaching, you can download up to 10,000 paperless GPX files, and furthermore, you can review your trip statistics with more that 30 navigational data fields. It's powered by a pair of AA... Read more...
This is an interesting proposition, particularly when you consider the mobile platform. Google's Android OS ships with Google Maps Navigation, which is widely viewed as the best mobile GPS app in existence, has some more competition. MapQuest recently came to Android, and this week a new TeleNav app is joining the group. It's called Navigation by TeleNav, and it's completely free of charge. The app gives users turn-by-turn 3D navigation, spoken driving directions by a human, a suggested "best route," custom options such as "no tolls," and a database of over 22 million businesses for use when you're... Read more...
Traffic. Just the mention of the word makes some city folk cringe, and for most everyone, it turns a good day into a bad one. It's a dreadful thing, and it's something that some people have to deal with on a daily basis. But technology has been coming to the rescue lately, with many personal navigation devices adding real-time traffic alerts to keep motorists from falling into nasty log-jams that are near impossible to escape. Google is a bit behind when it comes to that, but when the app is free, who could complain? Google Maps 5.2.1 introduces a killer new feature: real-time traffic alerts. The... Read more...
Nuance is working to make it easier for electronics manufacturers and app developers to integrate voice recognition capabilities into their devices. Recently, the company announced a new pre-packaged app that will provide PND manufacturers and mobile navigation developers the tools they need to provide voice-enabled navigation in their products. With Nuance's VoCon Navigation, users will get many popular navigational features such as Nuance's One-Shot Destination Entry, text-to-speech capabilities, dialog flow, broad language support, and more. Nuance Unveils VoCon Navigation for Personal Navigation... Read more...
Verizon Wireless announced the latest version of the carrier's navigation service, VZ Navigator VX. This service provides 3D navigation views. Initially, the 3D capabilities of VZ Navigator VX will be available in six cities (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington D.C.). Additional cities are scheduled to be added in 2011. Currently, VZ Navigator VX is available on select Android devices, including the DROID X by Motorola, the Samsung Fascinate and the DROID Incredible by HTC. Support for additional phones is expected this year as well. VERIZON WIRELESS LAUNCHES... Read more...
NavFree has launched an iOS navigation app, which isn't in and of itself unusual. However, the app is free, and includes 1.6GB of offline data, which is unusual, particularly for gratis. NavFree USA (Europe is coming; U.K. and Ireland are already in the App Store) will also provide crowdsourced monthly map updates, also completely free of charge. An Android version is coming as well. Social networking features allow users to share their position via SMS, Email, Twitter and Facebook, but that sounds a lot like Google Latitude, anyway. There will be add-ons for in-app purchase such as speed cameras,... Read more...
Navmii, a publisher of GPS location-based applications, announced a free navigational app for the iPhone and iPad. The new NavFree USA provides many of the features you'd expect from a turn-by-turn navigational app including the ability to search for an address, view points-of-interest, automatic re-routing if you miss a turn, and more. The free software also provides voice instructions along your journey. With NavFree USA, maps are started on your device, so you won't have to worry about incurring excess data fees if you're on a limited plan. NavFree USA: Free Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation For iPhone... Read more...
The iPhone has become a GPS replacement for many, and smartphones in general are quickly becoming powerful and smart enough to handle navigation duties. But if you have someone riding shotgun, there's obviously a lot of benefit to having a map on a larger display. The iPad already has a couple of GPS options, but one of the best on the iPhone is now being unified with the iPad in a recent release. Navigon's MobileNavigator app has today been upgraded to version 1.7, and it includes a total of six new features. Universal iPad integration, Zagat Survey, Active Lane Assistant, Map Reporter, enhanced... Read more...
Have you ever heard of "caching?" You probably have, but you may assume we're simply talking about the caching of files, or perhaps an L2 cache on a CPU. But when speaking about GPS units and outdoor activities, caching refers to something else: a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. And now, Garmin is stepping up to the challenge and inviting customers to join a new caching community. The company has just launched OpenCaching.com, a new online community makes it free and easy to create, find and share caches. As described by Garmin: "geocaching combines exploration, education, entertainment and... Read more...
Times are changing. It's an old adage, but it's true. Factory navigation systems in vehicles have been expensive and subpar for years now, with cheaper standalone navigation devices often being superior in nearly every way. But factory dash integration has its perks, and for years we have wondered why the two couldn't be combined. But as Garmin's popularity in standalone navigation devices has dwindled with the surge in smartphone navigation systems, that company as well as TomTom have been looking for ways to branch out. In fact, TomTom already landed a deal with Sony in order to provide navigational... Read more...
Going to grandmother's house this Thanksgiving? If she has recently relocated, you probably don't want to be stopping anywhere for directions on a day where everything's closed. If you're in the market for a new navigation device, TomTom has two new devices to choose from. The TomTom GO 2405 and GO 2505 GPS units are both debuting today, with both looking a lot like TomTom units of the past. Both of these have larger displays; the 2405 has a 4.3" display and the 2505 has a 5" display, both considered "glass touch screens." They also share Bluetooth, pinch-to-zoom functionality, voice recognition... Read more...
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