Recently, Garmin announced a series of new GPS units, some of which (Nuvi 2405 and 2505 series) use what they call "PhotoReal Junction View" - well for a little more on the subject, they also cranked out a video to explain things.
So not only do they cover 60,000 junctions across the US, through their proprietary database, but they will show you a map of where to go and the PhotoReal image in a split screen. Probably the most innovative thing is that they highlight the Highway sign that you need and dim the ones you don't; very cool.
TomTom announced a souped up navigation and info center targeted at electric vehicles that can give you charge status and anticipated range. The TomTom will also give you the most economical routes and if you are worried about your ability to find a charging station, the new TomTom will navigate to one of 5,000 charging stations that are expected to be in place by the end of the year..... in Europe. Yes the new Carminat TomTom ZE Live is launching in Europe for now in the Renault Fluence ZE.
Pretty interesting stuff..... full press release after the jump.
The Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT is Amazon's Deal of the Day today and is on sale for $149. The Nuvi 2350 LMT comes with lifetime map updates, and lifetime traffic updates, as well as a healthy set of features including Lane Assist and Junction View - which give you a quick look at where you need to be in that upcoming confusing intersection before it's too late. The MyTrends feature learns your normal driving routes and starts to replicate them when giving you directions. This combined with a traffic sense can have this Nuvi learning the roads like a local who knows the traffic problems before you do.
Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature is available to help find your phone (or not) if you lose it, or maybe if someone snags your newest iPhone 5 prototype at a bar near San Francisco. The feature turns the phone into a small broadcasting beacon that sends back its location from the internal GPS sensor. Superimposed on a map, the feature can be pretty good at helping you find that lost phone.
In Chille, one passenger on a plane was carrying their iPhone, and when officials had trouble locating the wreckage, a relative pulled up the Find My iPhone feature to locate it. Sadly while they found the wreckage, they did not find any survivors.