September 20, 2006

ViaMichlen gets FCC OK for US


ViaMichelin's new GPS navigation device, the Navigation X-980T, has just got approval from the FCC. ViaMichlen is already in Europe and must be planning a launch here too. The X-980T features a touch screen interface, and supports SD memory cards, so maps will most likely be via an SD card. It is also equipped for live traffic. No word on pricing or when it will go on sale, but we saw the Garmin Nuvi 660 launch weeks after an FCC leak and the Garmin Mobile 10X launch a couple of months after its leak. So your guess is as good as mine. It’s getting late to launch anything before the busy holiday season, so if they don’t launch immediately, look for an announcement after the new year, potentially at CES in January where there were a whole lot of announcements last year.

Via MobileWhack

Update: Even more information on the Via Michelin X-930

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September 19, 2006

NAVTEQ Specializing Map Data in Europe for Truck Use

NAVTEQ announced the map dataset of truck attributes for the German market, NAVTEQ Transport Germany. Demonstrations are being held during IAA in Hannover, Germany this week; commercial availability begins during Q1 of 2007. This means that they are starting to specialize their map data so that Trucks have a reliable way to navigate through areas where there may be weight, or simple truck exclusions.

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New GPS: Rand McNally GPS Navigator


Rand McNally has a new GPS, the Rand McNally GPS Navigator, coming out with an interesting twist; it has 26 pre-loaded Road Trips on the unit that have recommended routes, attractions and other points of interest. The trips range from the coast of Maine to Sonoma County in California. Other than that, it’s not a bad little GPS either. It of course has a SiRF star III chipset, and takes a thin streamlined look on the dashboard; not as thin as the Garmin Nuvi, or TomTom ONE, but still at 1.4” it won’t take up much room when packing or storing. It’s got voice prompted turn directions, and typical features such as MP3 player, millions of POI’s and a built in battery.

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September 18, 2006

Can you save the World? - Disney testing LBS/GPS game

Select visitors at Disney’s Epcot center are out to save the world in a new prototype game that uses mobile phone GPS capabilities and location based services model to let kids participate in their own version of a Kim Possible adventure to save the world. The game is a test that the Disney’s Imagineers are conducting looking at potential games of the future. “Visitors at Epcot are being handed specially programmed cell phones with global-positioning-system chips. Video, audio and text messages direct the participants to places, and then activate special effects when they arrive, as they try to solve the mystery.”

ReadMore at Orlando Sentinel

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Motionbased - New Features

So if you are into fitness training, you may be using MotionBased as a place of worship, or at least a place where you can upload your data and analyze it. I like to use it with either my Garmin Forerunner 205 for running, or my Garmin eTrex Vista Cx that I use for biking. Well they have a few new capabilities over there that you may be interested in. You can now customize the headers on your digest view. In the Digest view, simply hover over the item you want to move, click, and drag the item to the "Current View" row. When you're done selecting the columns, save you customization and you'll have your own personalized Digest.

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September 14, 2006

NAVTEQ Named Primary Map Supplier to US Government


NAVTEQ has been selected as a primary map data provider by the US Government. NAVTEQ will provide road network and standard points of interest data under a government-wide enterprise license to numerous Government agencies supporting US homeland defense. Not bad, to be recognized as a key provider of accurate map data. Somehow, I have to think that the added duty (and added revenue from the contract) of getting map data to the US government can't hurt our chances of getting added accuracy in our map data too.

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September 13, 2006

Review: TomTom ONE Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

The new TomTom ONE arrived for review today at the GPS Lodge. We're pretty happy to have it in house for a while, and luckily enough we are on the road this weekend so we'll be able to give it a good workout. It's small, and will be easy to bring with us. Recall the TomTom ONE is a thin, pocketable GPS navigation system that was announced last month and just recently hit the shelves in plenty of time for the holidays. The TomTom ONE should be on a lot of wish lists this year.

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OK, so if you haven't seen it, go check out the new - a new flashy homepage that plays up the programming skills and the get out there mentality of the GPS world. It certainly brings up to speed showing off their products in endless beauty shots that will appeal to the design conscious folks or those who are more used to Euro sites that tend to have flash type homepages.

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GPS Units to get a lot more accurate.... in Denver

Regular GPS units rely on signals from satellites to get their location data, but those signals essentially degrade as they travel to us, making for GPS accuracy in the 10-ft range. Well there are also ground based facilities that can send correction data to GPS receivers to make them more accurate. The correction facility in Denver just got a big upgrade that will allow highly accurate users (Surveyors, etc) of GPS equipment to measure in the centimeter range.

CompassTools Inc., the provider of GIS field data collection tools that established the GPS base station in 1998, has joined with Trimble and the University of Denver in upgrading the system to provide centimeter-level accuracy and real-time correction broadcasts. So users within 200 miles of Denver should be able to use this signal for highly accurate GPS purposes.

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September 12, 2006

New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2000, 2200 and 2500T


Magellan announced a new lower priced line of GPS units today – the RoadMate 2000 series. The New Magellan RoadMate 2000, 2200 and 2500T, are built to cross over from Automobile applications to outdoor applications. The three small, powerful and affordable portable vehicle navigation devices. The series includes the Magellan RoadMate 2000, and the traffic-ready 2200T and 2500T, the world’s first rugged, IPX-4-waterproof, CrossoverGPS designed to provide navigation for both driving and outdoor adventures off road, on foot and on water. The Magellan RoadMate 2000 lists for $399.

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