November 2, 2006

Lowrance iWay 600C GPS with Satellite Images

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In what may be one of the cooler developments in the GPS world, Lowrance has released more info on their Lowrance iWay 600C that is expected to not only have great navigation but satellite imagery overlays of major metro areas as well. This could very well be the first step to navigating through a 3-dimensional replica of the real world complete with images of buildings and more. It’s a lot of information to digest, glad to see it on a huge screen – the screen is a 5” color touchscreen. All that satellite data plus road maps, plus 5.5 million POI’s plus 3,000 enhanced US lake maps, plus high detail charts for the Great Lakes and the coastal water ways with nav-aids all site on a 30GB hard drive, with 5GB available for you and your MP3’s. List Price is around $799 – no word on availability.

More at Lowrance

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November 1, 2006

New GPS: MyGuide 4300

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A new GPS is out under the My Guide brand name, the new MyGuide 4300. Jumping on the widescreen bandwagon, this 4.3” widescreen unit is powered by TeleAtlas maps and the SiRF star III chipset. It’s a Windows powered GPS unit that has pre-loaded maps on an SD card and is powered by a 400 mHz chip for fast route calculations and audible turn instructions. It is also a personal media player, playing MP3 and MP4 files, as well as being a picture viewer.

Readmore at MyGuide

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October 30, 2006

New GPS: Nokia 330

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As widely rumored last week, Nokia has launched into the GPS market in Europe with a stand-alone GPS device, the Nokia 330, which also plays music, and video. The unit will retail in Europe for 360 Euros (~$450) and poised to enter the European market to take on TomTom. As we pointed out in our post about the Nokia GPS, the unit will actually run on Route 66 Navigate 7 application base with NAVTEQ map data. The unit will have a 3.5 inch touchscreen, and offer Euro maps on a 2GB preloaded SD card. It will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter. I would imagine that you could look for one stateside in the new year if things go well in Europe.

Press Release Follows:

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October 27, 2006

NAVTEQ revenue, profit up.

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NAVTEQ, mapping and data provider, announced that their sales and profit were up for the third quarter over last year, by 16% and 22%, respectively, versus year ago. "We are pleased with our third quarter results given the challenges we have faced in 2006," said Judson Green, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVTEQ. "Solid third quarter revenue performance and effective cost management helped to drive improved margins and profit growth. We expect to continue this trend as the year comes to a close." They are concerned about slower car sales and a slower than expected market for navigational systems in those high end cars in Europe.

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October 26, 2006

Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT GPS System - With Voice Recognition

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Tired of typing your GPS navigation commands into your GPS? How about saying them instead? Well IBM has joined up with Pioneer to bring out a voice controlled GPS system, the Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT, a navigation and stereo system that has a built in 30GB hard drive with 10GB left over to store music, and comes fully loaded with maps and over 3.7 million points of interest. The unit can play music through its hard drive and through a connected iPod. It is Bluetooth enabled for handsfree calling on your phone. This bad boy is only available in the European market, and it will cost you - 2,500 euros, or roughly $3,100.

More at Pioneer Europe.

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200 Million GPS Enabled Mobile Phones and Counting

Just in case you were wondering where the GPS market was going, think about these numbers. Qualcomm just released some information that says they have shipped over 200 million GPS enabled phones (doesn't include other manufacturers) in the last few years. This compares to the few million that Garmin and TomTom will ship this year. The company calls the technology gpsOne assisted GPS and it supports a whole bunch of goodies for navigation and safety applications. My hunch is that either the applications aren't user friendly enough for the users to be able to use them, or the wireless suppliers haven't allowed users to access the GPS navigation or other functions on the phones.

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October 25, 2006

Inrix to Provide Dynamic Fuel Price Data

In an interesting move Inrix, the traffic provider of live TMC traffic feeds (collected from their Dust Network of fleet vehicles) is leveraging their truck fleet relationship to provide dynamic fuel prices to fleet providers, while also offering it as a service to other GPS manufacturers. The need for understanding up to date fuel pricing is an obvious need for fleet vehicles and with the average American 2-driver household spending $4,132 a year on gas, there could be some opportunity for savings at home too. It's not clear if GPS manufacturers will adopt this feature offered by Inrix, but it seems like a no brainer to me. Come on, if you could bring up a Fuel Station Point of Interest list for a 5 mile radius around you and see current fuel prices there too, wouldn't you want that ability? I think that the move signals the start of more data feeds to the GPS; with its role as "drive manager" expanding from simple navigation to a bigger away from home information manager. I could see this as a quick rollout for TomTom within their TomTom PLUS framework. But hey, who knows....

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Nokia GPS

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Well, add Nokia to the GPS rumble; it looks like they are moving into the GPS fray with some early reports coming out of Engadget. They are showing a Nokia 330 tablet that is clearly a GPS unit, and not a slick pocketable phone. It wouldn't be surprising to have Nokia join the GPS party, as they clearly have the ability to innovate and the party is growing so darn fast. What is interesting is that the shot above has a Route 66 icon in the upper left corner of the screen. While this doesn't appear to be a re-branding of the new Route 66 Chicago series widescreen GPS units, one has to wonder what the relationship might be?

Anyway, the unit has Navigation, movie, picture viewing and music playback on the menu. (See Pic after the jump).

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October 24, 2006

Garmin Courses – Forerunner 205/305 and Edge 205/305

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One of the things that I think was most innovative in the Garmin Forerunner 205 /305 and Edge 205/305 product launches is the idea of working out on a course. Instead of just trying to hit an average time across a distance, you actually run versus a previous workout (yours or someone else’s), which then takes into account that you go slower on the uphills and faster on the downhills, etc. The Garmin Blog laid out some nice step by step instructions on how to use the Courses feature on the Forerunner 205/305 and the Edge 205/305 products.

ReadMore at the Garmin Blog

Read our review of the Forerunner 205: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge, and some user tips sent in by a GPS Lodge reader: Garmin Forerunner 205/305 User Thoughts and Tips

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October 20, 2006

Review: Delphi NAV200 Arrives for Review

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Update: See our review of the Delphi NAV200 GPS


The Delphi NAV200 arrived for review here at the GPS Lodge, and we've already got this inexpensive GPS on the windshield, ready to go. The Delphi NAV200 GPS is a flat form factor (good move), has an internal battery, is based on NAVTEQ maps and POI's and has a SiRF star III under the hood. It takes the multi-media play up a notch with picture and movie viewing, as well as MP3 playing. I have to say that I am also getting my reversi fix these days playing it on the Delphi NAV200 - it has this game loaded on the machine. Sorry, no Minesweeper.

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