Items tagged with GPS

GM's subsidiary OnStar has reneged on highly controversial privacy changes it announced last week after enormous resistance and threats of a congressional investigation. On September 21, OnStar announced several changes to its terms of service. The company stated it would now track the position, speed, diagnostic error codes, seatbelt usage... Read more...
We hate to admit it, but we're having a hard time remembering the last time Garmin spat out a new range of navigators, but it's not surprising. While these things were once hot commodities in the consumer realm, many drivers have reverted to using in-dash GPS systems or their smartphone to get from Point A to Point B. Nevertheless, there's... Read more...
Is the GPS world big enough for both Garmin and Navigon? Apparently not. It's official: Garmin has just completed their historical acquisition of Navigon, bringing together two of the biggest names in satnav history. Cliff Pemble, chairman and COO of Garmin, had this to say: "We are pleased to have the Navigon team join the Garmin family.... Read more...
For the road warrior, there's not too many things worse than hitting a traffic jam at an inopportune time. But over the past few years, users of Google Maps have been able to avoid those jams when relying on the GMaps Navigation feature on Android devices. In the U.S., most roads are now covered with live traffic updates, signifying where... Read more...
Standalone GPS units aren't the hot commodity that they once were. But that's not saying that companies are halting the innovation behind them. Magellan's a good example of that; this week they introduced quite the unique accessory for a solo PND, with the RoadMate Safety series GPS units gaining compatibility with a new wireless back-up camera.... Read more...
This world just isn't big enough for the both of 'em. At least that's the impression we get, as Garmin has just announced the signing of a deal that will have them acquiring yet another navigation mainstay, Navigon. Actually, it's a subsidiary of Garmin that will do the acquiring, but it's still major news in the soft navigation market. Cliff... Read more...
Government tests appear to confirm earlier tests done by the GPS industry: LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network disrupts GPS devices in the area. The data is given more weight by the impartiality of the testing, but wasn't a surprise: LightSquared's spectrum block is right next to that used by GPS receivers. All GPS devices tested... Read more...
GPS systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, and we've got GPS-enabled smartphones to thank for that. But for the folks who venture into the great outdoors, there's still a very real need for dedicated outdoor navigation systems where cellphone signals simply don't exist. Garmin's a big player in both markets, and this week they're... Read more...
Going somewhere? Going somewhere where you'll need a rugged navigation system to get you there? Garmin's new Montana handheld offers just that, and the company's calling it the most advanced of its kind. It offers a rugged exterior, with multiple mounting and battery options, dual-orientation and screen layout options and support for a wide... Read more...
Traffic's a huge pain, is it not? Anyone who has to dodge traffic jams on a daily or weekly basis is undoubtedly tired of it, and so is TomTom. Thankfully, a GPS company wants to work with you on making your life easier. The company has just announced that TomTom HD Traffic Service is now available on every single... Read more...
We're not even trying to think about what our lives would be like without GPS. We'd be back to maps, struggling to determine which direction will take us from point A to point B. Thankfully, the world we live in is filled with navigation options, including the Magellan RoadMate 9055-LM. This large vehicle nav solution... Read more...
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... Read more...
TomTom has managed to solicit all sorts of voices for their GPS boxes, but if you just haven't found one hilarious enough for you yet, this might just do the trick. Fresh out of Springfield, Homer Simpson becomes the latest character to have a voice on TomTom's GPS family, but only if you've got the iPhone app. TomTom's iPhone GPS app was... Read more...
Some say that the smartphone killed Cisco's Flip line of camcorders, and some would say that smartphone-based navigation systems are slowing killing the standalone GPS system. We still think those PNDs have life left in them yet, but Navigon's iPhone Navigation App definitely gives them a run for their money. MobileNavigator has been around... 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... Read more...
What happens when Garmin, a company traditionally associated with GPS units, tackles a watch? A GPS watch pops out! The company has actually produced a few GPS-enabled wristwatches in the past, but only this week have they introduced one with a touchscreen face. The new Forerunner 610 sports watch is the company's latest, and it's both weather-proof... Read more...
TomTom's new line of VIA navigation devices is now available for purchase. This new line features a sleek new design, an enhanced software platform, and premium safety features such as Intuitive Voice Recognition and Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling. Among the VIA Series, you'll find the 4.3-inch VIA 1405 and 1435, as well as the 5-inch VIA 1505... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
It was only a matter of time. In order to keep kids coming to class, the Anaheim Union High School District is implementing a controversial new system: giving out GPS units for students to track there whereabouts. It's honestly not as invasive as it sounds at first, but it's still pushing the envelope of "comfort" and... Read more...
Location-based services just might be the buzzword of the hour, and as mobile communications grow, we think this will become more and more the rule rather than the exception. Location-based apps aren't uncommon to find these days; in fact, we'd say most social networking apps are already location-enabled, and more and... Read more...
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