CES 2008

January 17, 2008

Garmin Online - Recent Moves

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Garmin is slowly creating a bigger web presence with new GPS launches. All of this is a little interesting as the world of the GPS experience continues to move online and give Garmin a little slice of the online pie. It's not about the GPS for some of these it's about the GPS as the tool to enjoy a better experience or explore a bigger world. For some it's another revenue stream. Games on a GPS, and Garmin Connect give the GPS Giant a small stream that supplements the money that they earn on the device. With the GPS become the "Razor" and the ads, subscriptions and other revenue streams that area associated with the GPS become the "Blades"? Who knows.

  • "Where I Go" - Think of it as Geocaching on steroids, when you get to a location you get a little easter egg playing for you on your device, giving you a small treasure, or maybe directions to the next location; all a grown up version of Geocaching. See the Whereigo website.

  • - Games on a GPS! - With the launch of the Garmin Nuvi 5000, Garmin also launched Games for the GPS. "OK kids stop playing with the GPS and let daddy figure out the directions to the cabin" Only a few games are available now, but more should be coming. See Garmin.com/games or My GPS Games.

  • Garmin Connect - The reincarnation of MotionBased, the start-up site that helped thousands post runs and bike rides for others with GPS units to enjoy. Track your progress online and see the results. see the Garmin Connect page. There is also a place where you can swap your motorcycle rides too - Zumo Connect

  • Send to My GPS - On the New MSN Equipped Nuvi 760 and 860, you will be able to connect with Windows Live and send information to your GPS over the MSN Direct network. Depending on how the deals are structured, Garmin could be getting into ad supported websites giving them a nice little check from Ad Words or similar. What advertiser wouldn't want to target people who are cruising a website, searching for things like "Hotels near Chicago", "Fine Dining near Concert Hall XXXX"? Get eyebalss, drive revenue.


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  • January 12, 2008

    CES Round-Up - Where GPS is Going

    There is always a lot happening at CES, and this year is no different, but in looking at the models that came out of CES and where the GPS world has changed I think that it can boil it down to four things:

    1) Connected GPS - With Dash going pre-sale recently, TomTom launching TomTom HD in the Netherlands, and now Magellan getting on the connected bandwagon, there is a strong move to the connected GPS. Now it remains to be seen if the market will develop for a unit that is at the high end of the market in terms of price and comes with a monthly fee. See my post on Connected GPS: The Next Generation.

    2) BIGGER SCREENS - A lot of GPS makers must have been at the same focus group. While Garmin had the StreetPilot 7200 out a while ago with a 7 inch screen, these new units are coming out with a nice in-between size of 4.8 - 5.2 inches. Noticeably larger than the widescreen units on the market today. The Garmin Nuvi 5000 is the biggie in their line now. With all that screen real estate, I wonder how the battery life will be driving all of those beautiful pixels.

    3) Better traffic with Historical Average Speeds - the capability to jam down a database of historical average speeds onto a GPS has been there for a while now, but has not debuted. With the advent of higher bandwidth connections and Historical Average Speeds, traffic solutions will take a big jump; combine that with a connected GPS model where other drivers act as traffic probes, and you;ve got a step change over the TMC solution on the market today. Magellan Maestro Elite 5340 + GPRS has Historical Average Speeds as a feature. Also Navteq announced that they are working with Intellinav to put historical average speeds on devices..... that's two makers with historical average speeds supplied by Navteq, the map maker for Garmin; their entry must be on the way.

    4) 3-D Mapping - Forgot to mention this in the original version, but three dimensional maps with renderings of buildings and terrain are coming to the US, and hopefully soon. TeleAtlas is collecting info on what buildings look like, and is including it in Maps of the US. NavnGo demo'd the capability at CES; they currently supply several GPS makers with software. They also use TeleAtlas maps. It is expected that true 3-D with renderings of buildings will make for an easier navigation experience through urban areas.

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    January 11, 2008

    Forecast: Good Deals on GPS Units

    Don't know if you happen to watch the stock markets, but Wednesday, Garmin had a rocky day as an Analyst downgraded their stock. At one point the Garmin stock was trading below $68 after closing the previous day around $80. Might not matter if you don't own their stock, but the reason for the downgrade is significant to all consumers.

    Apparently this analyst was making their rounds at the CES 2008 show and in talking to the different companies, they got the feeling that TomTom was going to be aggressive in their pricing and markdowns this year to acquire market share, more so than Garmin. I am not going to get into a debate about the semantics of who will be more aggressive, but the bottom line is that the GPS market is getting more competitive, more brands are hitting the marketplace trying to differentiate themselves versus some strong competition, and setting a lower price is a way to get noticed.

  • Black Friday 2006 - Mio gets the Mio C310X offered at the then unheard of price of $149; exploding onto the US market as a result.

  • Black Friday 2007 - Navigon gets the Navigon 2100t offered for $99 with lifetime traffic; result is that they are claiming to be the fastest growing GPS brand in the US. Also, more directly to this issue, TomTom gets the TomTom ONE offered for $149 everywhere and less in some places; result is that demand outstrips supply - I understand that Amazon is still fulfilling orders from December.

    Pretty safe bet that the prices will continue to spiral down, and that fierce competition ahead will keep the bottom end of the market very volatile - in other words, better prices for me and you.

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  • January 10, 2008

    More on the Magellan Maestro Elite 5340 + GPRS

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    Magellan let a press release drop on the Maestro Elite 5340 + GPRS and it includes some detail that was lacking in the mainstream previously. The big ideas at work here are the fact that the Maestro 5340 and 5430+GPRS are big-screened (5-inch), have a new interface that includes a “One-Touch” command to make for simpler interactions, integrated Historical Average Speeds for more intelligent routing when traffic slows speeds on the roadways, and in some areas 3-D buildings to offer a better view of what’s around you. When you add the GPRS connectivity over the mobile phone network you also add connected search and a way to get traffic alerts to complement your historical average speed database. The connected search will get you things like weather, and hopefully a gas price search around you, as I found that service on the Nuvi 680 a very helpful capability.

    I am definitely looking forward to the next generation of connected units with the Historical Average speeds.

    Press Release after the jump...

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    January 8, 2008

    Garmin's "Bobcat" at MacWorld

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    Chet over at Garmin Blog is letting a little news out that they will be announcing something at the MacWorld conference coming up here in a week. Any you thought that the whole wad was shot at the CES show?

    Garmin made a solid Mac commitment, and has steadily moved towards making everything available in a mac compatible way. Any guesses? Probably not a GPS, but something in the fitness area might be cool... "Bobcat"; a small nimble forest runner? Apple wouldn't want to kill its deal with Nike+, but the Forerunner 405 is a pretty cool unit as is. Is it something that might run on the iPhone? Garmin Mobile adapted for the iPhone? If that is true, would it need to have a bluetooth GPS receiver, or is Apple stepping up and announcing a real GPS chip for the iPhone 2?

    Re real potential is just that Garmin has adapted the Garmin Mobile PC applicaiton for the Mac; Garmin Mobile Mac anyone?

    What's your guess?

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    Navigon Fresh - Desktop Application to Keep GPS Up to Date

    NAVIGON announced the spring 2008 availability of NAVIGON Fresh in North America. This free, downloadable software application will provide all NAVIGON users with access to exclusive content and services, and support NAVIGON's user community with up-to-date product information and customer service support. NAVIGON Fresh automatically synchronizes home computers with NAVIGON GPS products via a USB connection, providing an easy-to-use platform to update and augment content.

    This will be good as it offers a more consistent signal that they are going to support their units. Recall that there was a mis-step in the launch of the current crop of units and we are awaiting a patch update. Looking forward to the Fresh launch.

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    NAVTEQ to work with Intellinav on Advanced Traffic GPS

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    NAVTEQ announced that Netropa is ready to put out its latest Intellinav models with both NAVTEQ(R) maps and NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS. The new addition to the Intellinav line is the first PND to utilize NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS, a rich database of historic traffic information. Finally, Historical Average Speeds appear ready to hit the market in the coming year.

    "Intellinav? Who Cares?" - I Do.

    You know, NAVTEQ, the Map supplier to Garmin? That's why this is significant. Don't get me wrong, I would love to use the Intellinav device, but to me this signals that the capability to launch a more sophisticated traffic unit by Garmin and other major providers of GPS systems.

    Historical Average Speeds are important because they allow the GPS device to recognize that highway speeds frequently don't go at posted speeds during rush hour, so taking historic speeds into account, the unit will be able to better route you when traffic is a factor. Historic Average Speeds can be had for most major roads.


    More on IntelliNav after the jump...



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    Navteq - Traffic via HD Radio, Mobile Phones

    Setting the stage for what may become the year of the Smart GPS, traffic updates are finally looking like they are going to take the steps we have talked about for some time to jump into a new generation of higher bandwidth and more useful alters and data.

    Navteq has announced that they are ready to provide traffic information, weather and other location based information via an HD Radio stream. There was a trial of this capability last June, and one had to think that this was coming sooner than later. Using the HD Radio stream, allows them to send a lot more data to the units, meaning richer flow data (color coded roads, slow, medium fast flow), and more reason codes than the standard number offered on the RDS system.

    In related news, NAVTEQ announced that they will offer a new application that will deliver traffic updates, over mobile phones. The product is being demoed at CES.

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    January 7, 2008

    Avis Launches Updated Where2 GPS - Based on Nuvi 780

    Avis and Garmin announced that they are putting out an upgraded Where2 GPS for rental locations across the US. The unit is based on the Garmin Nuvi 780; a high end unit that is also equipped with MSN Direct services that will help business travelers get things done with traffic, weather and stock/news updates.

    In an interesting move, Avis is rolling out the ability to pre-program an SD chip using their website and when you pick up your Where2 GPS, you drop the card in it and you can now navigate to those pre-planned locations.

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    Magellan Maestro Elite 3270

    Magellan introduced the Maestro Elite 3270, which features the first state-of-the-art, flat-panel touch-screen display in the portable vehicle navigation industry. This essentially eliminates the plastic frame around the GPS and makes for a sleek new look.

    The compact 3.5-inch Maestro Elite 3270 unit features a seamless touch-panel that integrates the newest display technology for a highly responsive screen and an elegant, high-tech look. Even a light touch will instantly get users to the next screen with its high-sensitivity display. Magellan is the first GPS manufacturer to eliminate the plastic bezel housing common to portable navigation devices. The result is an edge-to-edge, completely flat touch display that gives the Maestro Elite 3270 a state-of-the-art, seamless surface with sensitivity and performance superior to anything else on the market today.

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    Magellan RoadMates 1400, 1412, 1430 New Widescreens

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    Magellan is launching a new line of Roadmates that are sure to get a few looks. The 1400 series is a widescreen (4.3 inch) line that adds a stronger line-up at the low end with a base and then extended features as you climb up the line.

  • RoadMate 1400 - The unit starts with some base features we have seen in Magellan units like QuickSpell type ahead technology, a new menu, and NAVTEQ maps of the continental US, plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico, 1.3 Million POI, and has a list price of $299.

  • RoadMate 1412 - adds Maps for Canada and Alaska, Text to Speech, and has 6 million POI. List price of $349.

  • RoadMate 1430 - adds fully integrates traffic information through an integrated antenna in the plower plug!!! yes; nice move. List price $399.

    Press Release Follows.....

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  • Magellan RoadMates 1200, 1212, 1230 - New Std Screen GPS

    Magellan is launching a new line of Roadmates that are sure to get a few looks. The 1200 series is a standard screen (3.5-inch) line that adds a stronger line-up at the low end with a base and then extended features as you climb up the line. It parallels the Magellan 1400 series line-up which is the wider screen version of the 1200 series.

  • RoadMate 1200 - The unit starts with some base features we have seen in Magellan units like QuickSpell type ahead technology, a new menu, and NAVTEQ maps of the continental US, plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico, 1.3 Million POI, and has a list price of $229.

  • RoadMate 1212 - adds Maps for Canada and Alaska, Text to Speech, and has 6 million POI. List price of $299.

  • RoadMate 1230 - adds fully integrates traffic information through an integrated antenna in the plower plug!!! yes; nice move. List price $329.

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  • Mio to Absorb the NavMan Brand

    Mio just announced that they are going to absorb the NavMan name in the US after buying the Navman company last February.

    "With the merger of the Mio and Navman brands, two complementary organizations have been brought together with a shared passion for delivering consumers the best navigation experience," said Samuel Wang, president, Mio Technology Corporation. "Mio Technology brings core competencies in hardware to the table, while Navman brings expertise in software and content, creating a new brand that is better able to create unique, innovative products and services."

    Either way, I'll be happy to bring you news and review of NavMan and/or Mio products going forward.

    Despite the merger, the Navman brand will continue to exist in select markets, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

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    ZoomBak Dog And Car Locators

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    Zoombak has announced a new GPS Dog Tag and retrieval service to locate your dog once s/he is lost. The relatively small device fits in a pouch on the dog's collar and through the cellular system it gives you alerts and tracking of your pet through the internet.

    They also launched their car tracking device that in a similar way can track the vehicle and report back its whereabouts via mobile phone text alerts.

    Press release follows

    More at the ZoomBak website

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