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 data, and crash information of all vehicles, even if drivers didn't have an active subscription. The company also reserved the right to sell the GPS data it gathered, though it claimed no personal information would be attached. Adam Denison, a GM spokesperson, justified the change by claiming it made it easier for cusomers to re-enroll in the service and gave... 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 still lingering demand from folks who'd like to upgrade their standard, standalone GPS unit, and that's what the 2012 line of nüvis are about. This new range contains advanced Guidance 2.0 and 3.0 navigation engines for a faster, more intuitive user interface and enhanced features that result in Garmin’s most capable navigators yet.  The nüvi... 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. We are looking forward to expanding our ability to serve our collective customers going forward." The other half, Egon Minar, Navigon’s board member, had this to say: "We are excited to be a part of Garmin and we look forward to turning our efforts toward integration and the opportunities ahead. Navigon has an innovative new product lineup that we’re... 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 traffic is congested and giving you options for circling around it. Folks in Europe have been forced to sit around and wait patiently for their inclusion. Now, that's becoming a reality. Just in time for the summer travel season across the pond, Google has announced that Live Traffic is available in 13 nations in Europe. The new feature is a traffic layer within... 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. Combining this camera with a Safety Series GPS navigator expands Magellan's focus on safety and security to the full time you are in your car. It starts when the Back-Up Camera helps you safely reverse out of your driveway, continues through your commute with premium GPS navigation features, and does not end until the Back-Up Camera helps you park the... 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 Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO, obviously only had positive things to say about this whole ordeal: "This acquisition is a great complement to Garmin’s existing automotive and mobile business.  Navigon has invested significantly in the European automotive OEM business, and we feel that we can rapidly expand our automotive OEM footprint... 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 were affected, but some more than others. The government's tests were overseen by the National PNT Engineering Forum, a federal advisory group of engineers. Some devices simply saw signal strength degrade. Others were completely disabled. For example, the tests found that GM's OnStar system saw a "significant degradation of service" on most receivers 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 introducing a redesigned and upgraded eTrex handheld GPS. This entry level option has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color screen with expanded mapping capabilities. The new eTrex series supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit... 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 range of Garmin cartography. It has a barometric altimeter for elevation profiling and ability to profile the route ahead using included worldwide elevation model, and the included 3-axis compass gives it a heading while standing still or not held level. There's a 4" touch panel, a 5MP camera, sunlight-readable display, and tons of extra features that are... 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 TomTom LIVE GPS unit. That means that LIVE (a connected GPS unit) owners will receive valuable access to up-to-date traffic information as it happens, enabling their system to dodge upcoming jams and get them to their location more efficiently. Until now, TomTom HD Traffic was only available on the recently released GO 2535 M LIVE, so owners of the other LIVE units have to be celebrating.... 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 is now being equipped with free lifetime map updates, hands-free calling and extra content thanks to an AAA partnership. It's the first large screen from Magellan to offer free lifetime map updates, and it's just one of a growing many that offer such a feature. The device has a gigantic 7" WVGA screen, which should be viewable by even backseat drivers. It's preloaded with maps of... 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 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, as well as 14 million points of interest (things like festivals, and National, State, and Regional... 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 the first major navigation app for iOS years ago, and now it's being updated with a bit of comedy. Developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP), The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division and Locutio Voice Technologies, the original Homer Simpson voice (recorded by Dan Castellaneta), for TomTom’s range of personal navigation... 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 for months, and version 1.8 adds some pretty killer features that haven't been there before. Version 1.8 is the eight major update to the app, with this one bringing a Reality Scanner (which helps to find nearby points of interest with an augmented reality view) as well as safety camera alerts as an In App Purchase. V1.8 also has an at-a-glance traffic gage... 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 an easy tool to help their drivers drive more safely and in a greener way. We're told that both features... 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 and rather sleek given the technology that's inside. It's designed to be worn by athletes or active consumers who need something sweat-proof and capable of dishing out directions, and there's also a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available... 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 and 1535. Models with Lifetime Maps and/or Lifetime Traffic are also available. TomTom Announces Availability of VIA Series in North America New Series Introduces Important Safety-Enhancing Features to Mid-Range Models CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TomTom, the world’s leading provider of location and navigation products and services, today announced... 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, text-to-speech and Hands-free calling. If you plan on traveling internationally, there's also... 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 batteries, so even if you're headed into the brush for an extended period of time, you can stock up... 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 looking for something special nearby. There's also a premium option for $19.99 (for a limited time),... 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 "privacy." The system is designed to hand out tracking devices to students and parents if the kid (in 7th or 8th grade) has over four unexcused absences this year. If the parents and kid agrees, they're given a cellphone-sized GPS device that asks them to check-in at various times during the day -- all a way to help them avoid skipping class. Each student with a tracker also gets... 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 more apps are picking up on the trend. While privacy is obviously an issue, those who "opt-in" stand to gain a whole new level of functionality by allowing an app to know their location. Now, both Skyhook and Intel are teaming up to enable location services on more mobile devices. These two are huge names, and Skyhook has been a leading in positioning for some time now. Intel has... Read more...
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