GPS is a hot ticket these days. One only has to look at the number of portable navigation systems on the market today to get an idea of just how popular these devices have become, and there seems to be no end in sight. The GPS gadget du jour? The new Pioneer AVIC-S2. The unit features a 3.5-inch touch screen and TeleAtlas maps of North America, and 1.7 million points of interest preloaded on a 1GB SD card. The AVIC-S2 also has integrated Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use, and a built-in MP3 player. So, you know, it'… Read more
We've heard plenty of stories recently about how cell phones can visit all manner of disasters on the human race, from rendering us infertile to burning our houses down, not to mention the death and destruction that they wreak on the roads.
So it's about time we got a good-news story about the world's favorite gadget. Nissan announced today that it is working on a program that will enable cell phones to communicate with its cars to reduce the risk of pedestrians being knocked down. Nissan's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) uses 3G cellular communications networks to … Read more
We had an inkling that the TomTom One XL would make an appearance sooner or later after the FCC revealed its existence, but today the in-car GPS device got its official debut. The One XL expands on its older and simpler sibling, the TomTom One, by increasing the screen size from 3.5 inches to 4.3 inches and adding support for real-time traffic services. The unit also comes preloaded maps of North America, millions of points of interest, 2D and 3D maps, text- and voice-guided directions, and integrated Bluetooth 2.0 to access TomTom's PLUS services via your … Read more
Hey, those are Mio's words, not mine. I'm not really sure what makes its new Mio DigiWalker C220 "spunky," but I know that it's pretty darn affordable for an in-car GPS device. Priced at a budget-friendly $250, the C220 is an entry-level system that's aimed at everyone from the college student to the retiree and comes with maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) preloaded on an SD card. There are no frills here, just the basics--text- and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions; a 3.5 million points-of-interest database; a 3.5-inch, 65,000-color … Read more
We first got a glimpse of Cowon's super-portable media player, the Cowon Q5, back at CES 2007, but details were pretty foggy on specs, pricing, and availability. However, things are clearing up as the company has announced final pricing and specs for the United States, and the forecast for this PMP looks quite rosy.
First, the Q5 will come in two models: a 40GB version for $499.99 and a 60GB version at $549.99. Both devices are expected to ship by the end of Q2 (sorry, Cowon didn't get any more specific than that), and they … Read more
Do you drive a lot? Thinking of buying an in-car GPS device? Or do you just love tech and have always dreamed of being a part of the product testing process? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be interested in a new program that Dash Navigation announced today. The company is recruiting 2,000 drivers to road test its innovative portable navigation system, the Dash Express, before the product is officially launched later in the fall. Just as a quick refresher, the Dash Express is the first Internet-connected car GPS system and offers Yahoo … Read more
Solar flares have long been known to muck with some of our networks, namely satellites, communications systems and even power grids. Now we can add a new vulnerability to that list: navigation systems.
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they observed two powerful solar flares in December of last year. Those were followed by a huge radio burst that knocked out GPS receivers on the sunlit side of the planet. The burst produced 20,000 times more radio emission than the entire rest of the sun, according to scientists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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OK, you heard it here first: the Nokia 330 portable navigation system is headed for the United States. We got a little heads-up from Nokia tonight that it's going to announce the U.S. availability of the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation unit tomorrow with an expected ship date of April. It'll come preloaded with Navteq maps and features a 3.5-inch touch screen, turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions, and multimedia capabilities (music and video player and image viewer). You know, pretty much like every other portable in-car GPS device out there. Will it offer any compelling reasons to fork over $… Read more
New Treos these are not, but Palm did have some news to share at CTIA 2007. Today, the company introduced a number of hands-free car solutions, including the Palm GPS Navigator Car Kit for the Treo 750 and the Treo 680, as well as some new cases (umm, yay?).
The Palm GPS Navigator Kit is specifically made for the new, slimmer Treos (other Treo owners can get the same solution from the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition) and features a cradle with an integrated GPS receiver and a speakerphone--just snap your Treo 680 or Treo 750 into place, and you … Read more
Today, Sprint and TeleNav announced they are expecting a little cell phone/GPS lovechild sometime in April. They've named the location-based service (LBS) Sprint Navigation, and it brings a bundle of navigation joy, such as:Text- and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions 3D maps Pedestrian mode Real-time traffic alerts Local search with more than 10 million points of interest Gas finder by lowest price
Sprint Navigation will be available on most Power Vision phones, including the Motorola Razr V3m, the Motorola Krzr, and the LG Fusic, with several data plan options. The new Sprint Power Vision Navigation Pack gives you unlimited … Read more