February 28, 2011
Amazon has another Deal fo the Day for you - this time it's the high end Nuvi 1370T, a feature packed unit that is pretty well priced at $159.
Garmin does its usual job of solid routing, but adds in maps of North America and Europe, Free lifetime traffic updates, Lane assistance (shows you which lane to be in as you approach highway intersections), and Bluetooth handsfree calling through your compatible phone. The Nuvi 1370T debuted a year ago with a list price over $400, it's now $159 today. Great unit to pick up if you are driving this summer on a European vacation - very inexpensive unit with Euro maps. If not, the feature set is still very good for this price.
At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 1370T
February 9, 2011
Waze, the popular social navigation App has launched a new feature that allows you to leave voice alerts for other drivers when you see a road hazard or other issue. The capability can supplement the feature where you report on a road issue, which allows you to leave a push pin in the map using either canned messages or a custom one about any number of issues. Of course you can see the issue on the map, but with the Waze Groups feature, you can see reports from others who might commute in the same area or on the same roadways.
Waze is available for Free on Android, iPhone and Blackberry (Beta) in the App store - current users will need to update their Apps.
More at Waze
February 8, 2011
RADARDROID has just announced the capability to incorporate a Red Light Camera database from GPS POI US (that we've written about in the past) into the onboard navigation applications. The App is a "set it and forget it" type application that will pop up and warn you of a Red Light camera as you navigate.
GPS POI US house databases for all kinds of POI sets, including Red Light cameras. They pride themselves on the accuracy of their Red Light Camera database, and don't just crowdsource the data, and curate the database to make sure it's as up to date as possible. The database is also available for use in compatible Garmin and TomTom devices.
RadarDroid App for Androids
Press release after the jump......
Continue reading: "Red Light Camera Database - Radardroid App"
February 2, 2011
Waze got written up in Technology Review revealing a few more details about the crowd sourced social navigation app. As you drive and as you add map corrections or notices about a speed trap, you earn points. Other than bragging rights, did you know that those point matter in other ways?
According to Techology Review, "We use it as a confidence score for the contributions that user makes," says VP DiAnn Eisnor. A report of a traffic jam from a low-ranked user is less likely to change the route suggested by Waze than one from a high-ranked user, for example.
The article also ponts to Waze's potential for earning money and advertising, as they have run promotions in the past where you can use WAZE as a game layer and collect points towards a specific prize (sponsored or not). Remember driving to "vote" on your phone platform? Think about that only it's maybe branded icons where people get entered for a giveaway.